A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the shark
A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Seventeen million dollars in the
hole and with school closures as part of its solution, Tucson Unified School
District's actions last year have nonprofit Education Action Group, one that
supports school choice and looks into districts across the country, focusing
its attention here.
"Over 90 percent of students
are in traditional public schools, and so that's where a lot of the scrutiny is
applied," explained Education Action Group founder and CEO Kyle Olson.
The nonprofit pointed out more
than $389,000 in airfare and hotels last school year, at places such as Loews
Ventana Canyon here and Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C.
"The majority of the costs
and the activities that they have pointed out is student activities. And,
I want to reiterate that we have multiple audits, and every single audit we
had, that we had not one single finding related to compliance," said TUSD
deputy superintendent Yousef Awwad.
He explained that students will
raise money for events or trips and pay through the district which shows as an
expense. As for employee travel, he said that the district receives
specific funding for conferences, and that the host locations can be the
"Because it's very
discounted rate, even though it's a luxury resort sometimes, the rate makes
more sense to stay in the hotel where the conference is held at, because it's
discounted rate, even if you stay somewhere else and you rent a car, it will
cost you more," Awwad said.
As for more than $800,000 in
legal fees, most relate to TUSD's desegregation case, as well as more than
$200,000 to special master Willis Hawley overseeing it, which comes from
specific federal funding. Five million dollars in computers are covered
by capital funding and a grant from the state.
"It would not have affected our budget deficit in any shape
or form. As a matter of fact, we have been carrying balances in the
grants area from year after year. But we can't use that money to off-set
our deficit," Awwad said.