Audit finds faults in state education department’s CEE-Trust contract

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A deputy state auditor raised concerns over conflicts of interest involving Kansas City’s Kauffman Foundation (above) in a state contract with CEE-Trust. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

The state education department made several missteps in hiring CEE-Trust last year to consult on changes to Kansas City Public Schools, according to a new report from the state auditor’s office.

The state’s contract with Indianapolis-based CEE-Trust was riddled with potential bias and conflicts of interest involving the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which helped fund the $385,000 contract, the report said.

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and the Kauffman Foundation sought CEE, which had previously promoted wholesale overhauls in its work with other public school systems, to help cure the ills of the troubled Kansas City district. However, Deputy State Auditor Harry Otto said, the process by which the state department selected CEE did not properly guard against bias.

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