Yet Again, DISD Hires Paul Coggins to Look Into Its Bad Bidness

Paul Coggins

After the jump, courtesy Dallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander, the district's announcement concerning the appointment of former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins to look into the whole phony Social Security number mess. Coggins, now at Fish & Richardson, has a history of doing this kind of dirty work for the district: He also led the investigation into the procurement-card scandal, referring to it as "a car wreck waiting to happen" last year.

Says superintendent Michael Hinojosa in the release: “There has been understandable concern raised by the community over the issue of using temporary numbers that looked like Social Security numbers while these individuals waited for their permanent numbers. Paul Coggins is a strong, independent authority on these issues. Obviously, there was a problem with the process, and I want it corrected so it will never happen again.” Only took four years, but still. --Robert Wilonsky

SUPERINTENDENT SEEKS INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF TEMPORARY NUMBERS ISSUED TO FOREIGN NATIONAL TEACHERS

Former U.S. Attorney Asked To Review Procedures

DALLAS- Dallas Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa announced today that he is asking for an independent review of the district’s use of temporary numbers that were previously issued to new teachers who were hired from out of the country.

Hinojosa has asked former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins of Fish & Richardson, P.C. to review how the practice started within the district and if any federal statutes were violated.

“There has been understandable concern raised by the community over the issue of using temporary numbers that looked like Social Security numbers while these individuals waited for their permanent numbers,” said Hinojosa. “Paul Coggins is a strong, independent authority on these issues. Obviously, there was a problem with the process and I want it corrected so it will never happen again.”

An investigation by the district’s Office of Professional Responsibility completed in September determined that the district improperly submitted temporary Social Security numbers to the State Board of Educator Certification for newly hired teachers from out of the country. The district has discontinued the practice and verified that the 26 individuals identified internally as being given placeholder numbers have now been issued valid Social Security numbers by the federal government.

Coggins is expected to complete his work for the district prior to the winter break.



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