THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Not the former vice president who served for decades in public service, not former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, nor a doctor or administrator of a federal agency, but rather, I. King Jordan, the retired president of a small college that is wholly funded by the federal government.
Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. serves deaf students. It receives $120 million dollars of taxpayer money each year while its drop-out rate is among the worst of all brick and mortar colleges. Towards the end of the school year the Gallaudet undergraduate student total is usually a couple hundred kids under 1,000. Indeed, the enrollment rate, graduation rate and retention rate has reportedly been in a free fall since the 1990s. To top it off, the educational outcomes have historically been woefully poor, especially in the area of English literacy. Deaf students no longer are restricted to this one college — for decades, deaf students have thrived at programs located elsewhere around the country.
Upon Jordan’s retirement a few years back, the Gallaudet Board of Trustees, having very little accountability to the taxpayers funding the school, deemed Jordan worthy of the highest federal retirement package in the nation — $375,900, per year.
Media requests for comments from Dr. Jordan were ignored.
Those within the deaf community say talking about the retirement pay issue amounts to “bickering.” Some Gallaudet faculty members have made inane arguments like ‘NBA players get paid more’ to stop debates — completely forgetting that taxpayers pay Jordan’s retirement and their own salaries. This suggests many live in a bubble of EXPECTATION of federal support — not the demonstrating of DESERVING federal support.
This expectation has manifested itself elsewhere — including the defrauding of the federal government by video relay services — many, if not most of the 26+ and counting indicted people have ties to Gallaudet. Indeed, many of the ringleaders have ties to one particular fraternity on the D.C. campus.
There is a juicy story here worthy of investigation by the Washington Post.
Back to Jordan. Excessive, irresponsible and maddening as some say? I have to agree. Dr. Jordan, do the right thing – cut your retirement benefit to $150,000 a year and return the rest to the U.S Treasury and become a man of great respect!
Most recent video relay fraud case: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/two-people-indicted-in-another-vrs-video-relay-service-for-deaf-people-federal-fraud-case/
Additional information on video relay fraud: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/fraudulent-deaf-video-relay-providers-viable-bonheyo-bonheyo-a-quick-look-back-when-the-story-first-broke/
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