Thursday, July 28, 2016

Former MCPS administrator to Miss. taxpayers: I’m going to Disney World, and you’re paying for it

Mississippi taxpayers paid more than $3,200 for a deputy superintendent in the Department of Education to attend a convention last fall at Florida’s Walt Disney World, according to records obtained by Mississippi Watchdog.
John Q. Porter, the interim chief information officer for MDE, went to the Gartner Symposium IT Expo held at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in October and billed taxpayers for more than $1,890 in lodging at the five-star hotel. His airfare cost $984.20 and his meals added another $336. 
All told, Porter has racked up more than $10,260 in travel expenses this fiscal year, which ends July 1.
In the third quarter alone, taxpayers paid more than $8,000 for Porter to attend conferences in Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., Colorado, Texas and Illinois. The department as a whole has spent more than $1.8 million on travel in fiscal 2016.
Porter charged taxpayers more than $2,700 for a February trip to Phoenix for the National Association of School Superintendents’ annual education conference.


  1. MCPS did a heck of a job preparing him for the demands of his next position.

  2. John Q. Porter the MCPS Chief Technology Officer, when he approved the sole sourced MCPS purchase of nearly a million dollars of PDAs, which were sold by Porter’s own company back in the early 2000s. Porter pocket a hefty sum at taxpayer expense. After Porter was promoted up and out of MCPS (this is how MCPS fires its senior officers, in order to cover up scandal), Porter went to work for the Oklahoma City Schools system as their Superintendent (that MCPS promotion really helped) and ... then “improper billing” (see Now he’s in trouble again… Go figure… because... THREE STRIKES, YOU’RE OUT!

    1. He must be well versed in:


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