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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hint to newcomers -If "Broward Schools" get mentioned in the newspaper or on local TV newscasts, it's rarely if ever about educating. Sad but true...


RedBroward's video: Occupy Ft. Lauderdale protesters outside the Broward Schools HQ at 600 SE Third Avenue, a block east from the Broward County Courthouse. The protesters were marching north toward Las Olas Blvd.

Above, the video shot last week by RedBroward, the popular GOP blog and a generally good source of information, of the Motley Crew that serenaded themselves silly outside the Broward Schools HQ, home of the School Board.
Someone sent me an email head's-up about it just as I was reading some of these pieces and emailed them around the grapevine.


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South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Has Broward Teachers Union been serving best interests of rank-and-file?
Latest financial questions highlight disconnect between leadership and membership
Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel Columnist
10:20 PM EST, November 16, 2011

I got embattled Broward Teachers Union president Pat Santeramo on the phone Wednesday, but he wouldn't fall for my Bob Costas act. The normally talkative Santeramo declined comment on two state investigations into his handling of union money, or a damning internal audit that found he blew through $3.8 million in reserves and may have improperly used dues to reimburse people for political contributions.

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Channel 10 News/WPLG-TV (Miami-FTL)
Bob Norman's blog
Davie Vice Mayor Involved In School Union Scandal
Names Emerging Of Those Who Were Reimbursed Political $$$
Published On: Nov 17 2011 09:16:56 AM EST Updated On: Nov 17 2011 10:10:22 AM EST

The scandal is heating up -- and that means a lot of people are lawyering up.

And it's political contributions that are at the heart of the scandal targeting the Broward Teachers Union and its president Pat Santeramo.


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Broward Beat
Battlin’ Board Members: One Files To Run Against Another
By Buddy Nevins

One School Board member opened a campaign against another Friday.

Katie Leach filed papers to run for the Fort Lauderdale-based seat now held by member Maureen Dinnen.

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Davie official was reimbursed by union for campaign donation
But vice mayor later repaid the money, her attorney says
By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel
5:53 PM EST, November 19, 2011

DAVIE
Vice Mayor Caryl Hattan has been swept up in the scandal surrounding the Broward Teachers Union and its beleaguered president, Pat Santeramo.

Santeramo has been accused of using union dues to reimburse 26 union staffers and their relatives for about $20,000 in campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton and failed gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.

Hattan, a top union leader, was among the 26 reimbursed for making campaign contributions.


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Channel 10 News/WPLG-TV (Miami-FTL)
Bob Norman's blog
Investigated BTU President Lived High Life
Pat Santeramo Made Big Money, Bought Peninsula Getaway Home
Published On: Nov 20 2011 12:28:14 AM EST
While criminally investigated Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo was representing educators in attempts to get small raises on their modest pay, he was living an opulent life on their dime.

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Channel 10 News/WPLG-TV (Miami-FTL)
Bob Norman's blog
UPDATED: Former Broward Housing Official Lawyers Up In Union Probe
Santeramo Overpaid Construction Company
Published On: Nov 21 2011 11:39:33 AM EST Updated On: Nov 21 2011 12:50:07 PM EST
Embattled Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo often ran the 11,000-strong BTU in secretive fashion -- and some of the exorbitant amounts he paid to contractors remain shrouded in suspicion.
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