Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Karl Racine - the new kid on the MCPS Legal Team

Guess who came to today's MoCo Board of Education Ad Hoc Committee for Review of Board Processes and Guidelines on Board Expenditures Meeting ?

MCPS's new legal hotshot, Karl Racine, from Venable LLP.  MCPS uses Venable a lot for outside legal counsel.  

You can check the MCPS Funding and Accountability Website for more information about the extent of the firm's billing. 

In 2013, the firm billed MCPS over $400,000 for legal services.  That's money that could have supported teachers.

Does Mr. Racine's name sound familiar?  
Currently, he's running to be DC's first elected attorney general.  He's also a prominent white collar crime litigator.

You can read all about him below.

Nice to meet you, Mr. Racine.

But we wonder if Mr. Racine's involvement indicates more than just another pretty face at the Board table giving legal advice?

Seems as if Phil and phriends got the similar advice - for free - from this blog and other media sources a few days ago.  

Maybe MCPS should crowdsource legal advice instead?  Or perhaps MCPS should just put the interests of the children in Montgomery County first?

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  1. Legal eagles
    Regal beagles
    Use your debit
    Not their credit.

  2. As strongly suggested in the past by the Parents Coalition, the cost of outside counsels needs to be reviewed. For example, on the MCPS funding and Accountability Website, Attorney Jeffrey Krew is listed. From FY 2010 to 5/2014, he has received a grand total of $1, 884,290.

  3. Why is someone running for a government office in DC spending time adjudicating disputes in Montgomery County? Shouldn't he be campaigning, or something, not gouging a public school district of its money to spit out obvious 'solutions'? Clearly this guy is concerned with little else than accruing as much wealth and power as he can.


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