Friday, March 04, 2011

Yet they'll keep teaching your children

But hey we need to protect these teachers "for the children."

Mark Gruntzel and Edmund Jones, both former Chicago Public Schools teachers, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to separate cases which targeted local public corruption.

Gruntzel, 43, of Chicago, was charged with theft of government property, official misconduct and money laundering last month, a release from the Cook County State's Attorney's office said.

Gruntzel was a teacher at Disney Magnet Elementary School, and he also served as the school's PTA president and was responsible for collecting payments from parents who enrolled their children in Disney's after-school programs.

According to prosecutors, Gruntzel manipulated the enrollment records of students, cashed the checks in the PTA account and took the money from the account for his personal use, the release said.

Jones, 29, of Aurora, was charged with theft of government property and official misconduct. Jones, a former teacher and history department chairman at Chicago's Marshall High School.


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