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Seattle Schools Scandal
Wed March 2, 2011
Urban League says it did nothing wrong
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, which received $595,000 from Seattle Public Schools, insists taxpayers got their money's worth despite a state audit report calling the payments of questionable value.
Interim CEO Tony Benjamin told reporters at a news conference,
We want to set the record straight. We have done nothing wrong.
The Urban League was the largest recipient of money from the a now defunct program to help minorities and women win School District contracts. The scandal surrounding the program, how it was run and the lack of oversight has prompted a criminal probe.
Responding to the financial scandal, the Seattle School Board is likely to fire Superintendent Maria Goodloe Johnson and Chief Financial and Operations Officer Don Kennedy tonight.