Documents obtained from a Maryland state tax agency reveal that MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr oversees a company that funnels contracts to a company owned by former Superintendent Jerry Weast.
It's no secret that Starr is on the Board of Advisors of the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, commonly known as MCBRE. In spite of its name, MCBRE is an independent business venture and is not owned by Montgomery County government or Montgomery County Public Schools.
Earlier this year, Weast formed a private consulting company, the Partnership for Deliberate Excellence.
According to the website run by another company, the 114th Partnership, a "joint effort" is underway "between the Partnership for Deliberate Excellence, founded by the nationally renowned Dr. Jerry Weast, and the 114th Partnership."
The website run by the 114th Partnership goes on to say, "The 114th Partnership is a national nonprofit program based on the success of the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE)." However, the 114th Partnership website does not mention any financial relationship between MCBRE and the 114th Partnership.
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Are you confused? Is it difficult to see the business relationship between Starr and Weast? Don't worry -- you are supposed to be confused -- as that's part of the motivation for setting up shell companies.
So, let's try to simplify this.
Superintendent Starr is on the Board of the MCBRE,
which owns the 114th Partnership Company,
which funnels business to the Partnership for Deliberate Excellence,
which is owned by former Superintendent Weast,
and the revenue ends up in Weast's hands.