MCCCD mismanagement of national service funds leads to a Justice Department investigation that ultimately lands MCCCD with a $4 million fine. The whistleblower in this case was not punished, however it took government intervention for the MCCCD Administration to be exposed. Even then, they continue to use taxpayer dollars to pay a $4 million fine without accepting any responsibility.
In a similar case of whistleblowing, several FTC complaints have been filed against MCCCD regarding the MCCCD security breach. This was the largest breach in Education in the country and another case of mismanagement and scapegoating of employees. This breach impacted over 2 million people. In this case, the whistleblower was punished and the administration continues to deny any responsibility, a costly pattern of behavior.
The most recent FTC complaint was filed by EPIC, a non-profit organization based out of Washington, DC. It alleges violation of the Safeguard Rules, another apparent case of mismanagement at MCCCD that could result in more hefty fines and public embarrasment. The security breach has cost Maricopa taxpayers upwards of $20 million and the court cases are in their infancy. A class action lawsuit of over $6 billion dollars representing all those impacted by the breach is now in Federal court. Other lawsuits will follow.
New Directions for Maricopa Community College District
Written by Johanna Haver and Jean McGrath – Opinion Editorial
It is time for the Maricopa County Community College District to pursue a new direction – one of fiscal responsibility and transparency – both sadly lacking under the leadership of MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper and the current MCCCD governing board members.
Over the past ten years, the college district has increased tuition 63% and property taxes to .128+%, which amounts to $128 per $100,000 valuation of a home. The budget for 2014-15 is in excess of $1.8 billion – considerably more than the yearly budget for the entire City of Phoenix which is at $1.2 billion. Moreover, Glasper plans to ask the MCCCD Governing Board to increase tuition again in January to pay for a budget that will likely exceed $2 billion.
According to a 2011 investigative report by the Goldwater Institute, less than 44% of the MCCCD general fund goes toward instruction. Moreover, that amount has been reduced in recent years, despite repeated directives from the board to cut administrative costs. In comparison, Arizona’s K-12 schools spend 56% on average for instruction.
Other MCCCD expenses include lobbyists and a political advisor who rake in more than $1 million per year. Administrative travel has been estimated at $5.3 million. The recent information technology breach fiasco, for which Glasper has fired a whistleblower and denied any wrongdoing himself, is costing the taxpayers $18 million and climbing.