Saturday, June 13, 2015


Update 7/12/215
Bethel Cager was earning $117,164 as third area superintendent in Racine for the 2011-2012 school year (Racine Unified Plans Administrator Cuts to Help Balance 2011-2012 Budget).  Batiste hired her at $145,000. That is an increase of $27,836...almost 24% pay bump.

This money could certainly have been allocated to direct instruction to benefit the students.

Perhaps he should have consulted with Anthony Ficarelli to negotiate her salary?? 

Batiste certainly has no problem using taxpayer dollars to take care of his cronies.

Latest Update on Bethel Cager 6/30/2015

According to WPS 60 FOIA response, "Dr. Cager previously served as Principal, Jefferson Middle School, from July 21, 2004 through August 20, 2007, when she voluntarily resigned to accept a position of higher responsibility in the Racine, Wisconsin School System."

Also, according to WPS60 FOIA re administrator's hire dates, Batiste's start date is January 5, 2004. Batiste responded that the "previous superintendent hired Cager". Was this simply a coincidence that both ended up in Waukegan from New Orleans??

Simple arithmetic....$165,000 take away $145,000 equals $20,000 annual decrease in pay to return to Waukegan from Dixmoor. Can't put much of a spin on a downward career move....

Excerpts from Cager's 3 year contract as Superintendent at West Harvey-Dixmoor ending in a Separation Agreement due to "philosophical differences".

While collecting her severance from Dixmoor, according to WPS60 FOIA, "Dr. Cager was engaged as a special Consultant beginning on May 18, 2015, and she has worked at a daily rate of $400 following the school calendar for 12 month employees.  Her engagement as a consultant will end on June 30, 2015.  There is no written contract covering this interim employment."

Cager's new contract with WPS60 starting 7/1/2015

Update on Bethel Cager 6-20-2015

Click here for Cager's contract for Dixmoor District 147 for the period March 14, 2013 to June 30, 2016

Click here for District 147's July 3, 2014 minutes related to Cager's Performance Improvement Plan 

Click here for Separation Agreement of Cager as Superintendent at Dixmoor Dist 147 recorded in minutes dated October 16, 2014.

We are awaiting response from Batiste as to his relationship with Cager after receiving a tip from a confidential source alleging that she is his niece. Update 6/30/2015...Batiste responded that the relationship with Cager is strictly professional.

At the WPS60 June, 2015 board meeting Cager's hiring as Area 2 Associate Superintendent was approved by the board. 

We have asked the Board to suspend this appointment pending an investigation into these allegations.

On June 19, 2015 Michael Rodriguez, Board President WPS60, acknowledged initiating an investigation. We will patiently await the results of the investigation.

June 13, 2015 Posting:

Corruption Busters has an on-going investigation into the ill fated hiring of Theresa Anderson by Mary Lamping & Donaldo Batiste (see Oct. 24, 2014 post and recent student attacks at Jefferson).   

The results of a FOIA response by WPS60 indicates that Anderson has been removed from Jefferson but will continue as a paid district employee at $131,000 through the 2015-2016 school year. 

"As a Principal who was not reclassified or non-renewed prior to April 1, 2015, Mrs. Anderson is protected against demotion or reduction in rank or pay by 105 ILCS 5/10-23.8b through the 2015-2016 School Year." "Dr. Batiste has recently required that Ms. Anderson undertake a special assignment.  This should be addressed by the Board in a more formal way in the near future."

This is particularly egregious because Anderson's employment was challenged one year ago by staff complaints but WPS60 had already approved her contract for the 2014-2015 school year.  Apparently, the same dilatory tactic was used this year to extend her contract. Surely, this was achieved with full knowledge and complicity of Batiste and Lamping.

After Anderson's less than stellar career at Chicago Public Schools, she should not have been hired in Waukegan.

WPS60 has assigned two replacement staff members (one a consultant, Dr. Cager, who had been a Superintendent in the South suburbs and had been removed from the position 
last October but paid through this school year and will hire a new principal at Jefferson for 2015-2016. This effectively doubles the salary expense incurred by taxpayers due to continued inept safeguarding of money.

Bethel Cager is a former employee of WPS60 (another Batiste refugee from New Orleans).  In 2003, both Batiste and Cager are listed on an IRS990 non-profit tax return as Officers, Directors, Trustees or Key Employees of The School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans (see Page 4). Batiste's saga of Friends & Family continues unabated.

She was the principal, ironically, at Jefferson Middle School and had more than her share of problems. She made a hasty exit amid much criticism and a bit of scandal. She apparently moved to Racine in 2008 or 2009. Now she's back and responsible for, among other things, evaluating the performance of principals!

We suggest that the school board investigate the failure of the administration to terminate Anderson's employment for cause. In addition, the board should institute checks and balances to prevent hiring administrators from other districts without proper due diligence into their performance. 

WPS60 has a legacy of hiring "sloppy seconds with baggage" from other districts to wit Mary Lamping and Bethel Cager . 

The WPS60 Board of Education will soon commence a search for a new Superintendent.  The district will be best served by hiring a dynamic professional educator with proven, measurable success from outside the district to change the culture of corruption by the present administration.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Legacy of sole source wired deals at Chicago Public Schools results in Federal

Chicago Tribune Clout Street has extensive coverage on the $20 Million sole source deal that resulted in Barbara Byrd Bennett's "leave of absence".

Read the full story here

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Truly A New Day, A New Way! Kudos to the voters of Waukegan who seek honest government and prudent oversight of taxpayer dollars.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


The legacy of wasted spending by Chicago's Mayoral appointed school board results in $20 Million sole source contract gifted to company that formerly employed Barbara Byrd-Bennett and her cronies. Despite complaints regarding allegations of sub-standard training for principals, the board had voted unanimously to approve the contract. It is surprising that there was no internal investigation into these complaints prior to the Federal probe just announced. 

Click here for Chicago Tribune article

Corruption Busters has an ongoing investigation into the waste of millions of taxpayer funds by CPS to award sole source outside legal fees to politically connected law firms for work that could be provided by internal staff. CPS has a General Counsel, James Bebley, whose sole function apparently is to approve invoices from these firms.

We call upon the Feds to expand their probe to investigate these additional sole source contracts.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Batiste & Lamping fail to curb in-school student attacks, instead threatening staff with retaliation for reporting these incidents that endanger students and district personnel.

In response to our on-going investigation, Corruption Busters was contacted today regarding a violent altercation at the Brookside Campus involving up to 8 students resulting in allegations of an attack on a student with a lock that caused injury.

If you have information related to this incident, please contact us at

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WPS60 Unofficial School Board Election Results 4-7-2015

Three corrupt incumbents voted out of office.

Congrats to the winners.
Your new responsibilities include restoring fiscal and educational integrity to Waukegan.

We suggest that the board vote to remove Anita Hanna as President and also insure that her sweet-heart deal to get free rent and use of a WPS60 School building for her family day camp business not be renewed at taxpayer expense.

We also encourage the new board to fully scrutinize the cronyism regime of Batiste & Lamping, put a stop to their spending & personal gain and commence setting the foundation for searching for a new Superintendent who will make Waukegan proud.

Monday, April 6, 2015


Last week the Assistant Principal (Nichole Farris) of Miguel Juarez Middle School of Waukegan removed her daughter from Thomas Jefferson Middle School stating the building is too dangerous. 

Remember Theresa Anderson, Principal at Jefferson? Click here for our previous post on October 26, 2014.  Apparently, Anderson has lost control of the school and has again illustrated that she is fully unqualified to maintain a proper and safe learning environment. 

Breaking News....WPS60 engages in cover up to conceal underage drinking, drug use, fights, weapons assaults on students with blades, forcible hair cutting and fireworks in the cafeteria. 

In the past few weeks Waukegan Police have responded to numerous incidents where students and teachers' physical safety are at risk. We invite the good citizens of Waukegan to request copies of these incident reports from the Police Department to validate the veracity of these claims.

Here is the content of an email authored by Anderson to the staff: