Broward Teachers Union President Under Investigation; Board Members Split on Action

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Pat Santeramo, president of the Broward Teacher's Union, is currently under investigation by the Broward State Attorney's Office and the Broward Sheriff's Office, according to a spokesman from the State Attorney's Office.

Additionally, a spokesman from the Broward Teacher's Union says the Federal Elections Commission has begun an "inquiry" into both the union and Santeramo after the FEC received a formal complaint against them.

John Ristow, director of communications at the teacher's union, says his office has received notice from the State Attorney's Office that its investigation into Santeramo surrounds "allegedly improper candidate contributions."

When asked whether the criminal investigation was just looking into Santeramo, Ron Ishoy -- the spokesman for the State Attorney's Office -- said the investigation is "focused" on Santeramo.

Since news of the investigation broke, the union has been pretty busy trying to figure out how to rectify the situation as best as possible.

An email sent out to the union's executive board of directors -- signed by four members of the board -- called for Santeramo's expulsion by the board at its next meeting.

Ristow says that opinion certainly isn't uniform among all the board members.

"There seems to be some disagreement about how to go about it," he says.

Moreover, the board will be meeting at 4:30 p.m. today to discuss recommendations put forth by the American Federation of Teachers after it completed what was apparently a damning report (it hasn't been released to the public) regarding the union's finances.

The board adopted many of the recommendations last week, including agreeing to appoint a financial manager from the American Federation of Teachers to watch over the union's finances, operating independently but reporting to both agencies, Ristow says.

Ristow says this financial manager is supposed to watch over how the finances work in the union, implement some training programs, and do some other things "so that what has allegedly happened with apparent campaign contribution violations never happens again."

He adds that the board's top priority is to inform all of the union's members about what's happened and answer any questions they might have.

And, of course, they'll be discussing a motion to vote on Santeramo's expulsion; however, Ristow says, "The discussion will certainly focus on making sure that President Pat Santeramo is afforded the same protections of due process that any Broward Teachers Union member receives."

Ishoy can't provide any more details on the ongoing investigation into Santeramo, and Ristow says the union has been asking its members to cooperate fully with representatives of either the FEC or the State Attorney's Office.


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Web design London
Web design London

I really like the bumping rule in the BTU-TSP contract because I got free money over a year using that rule.

JOEYPAD
JOEYPAD

any way they look at it the crook has to go as soon as possible why not put it to  avote of the union membership..its their money he misspent

Ghost_Wayne_Trasher
Ghost_Wayne_Trasher

Where is Mike Marchetti who under the cover of Pat Santeramo was ruling the TSP unit of the BTU? Why Bob Norman is silent on this whole issue? Why the AFT audit report was not circulated among the BTU members? Where is FBI? I am sure Marchetti is involved in this scam. FBI should now investigate the whole racket. 

nanook5
nanook5

norman has been gone for months.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

After reading your comment, I crossed my fingers hoping you aren't employed as an English teacher...

Paul_Giordano
Paul_Giordano

Brother Ghost WT:

You are right!! Pat my buddy appointed me to the insurance committee but I was busy looking at porn. Yet I was scamming $75K per year by bumping a qualified CAD operator. I really like the bumping rule in the BTU-TSP contract because I got free money over a year using that rule.

My another buddy Marchetti is still collecting $90K using that bumping rule with high school diploma. I am not sure why he is not opening his mouth on this? May he is one of the beneficiary of this scam!!

Paul_Giordano
Paul_Giordano

I am not a Teacher but a high school dropout sheet metal worker and became maintenance supervisor with the School Board.  

Broward_TaxPayer
Broward_TaxPayer

Did you ever collect money from the BTU as part of you election campaign??

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

If by money you mean gold Krugerrands, then I am told by my lawyer to say no comment.

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