Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Morris Claims the Moral High Ground... Again

John Milborn of the Associated Press reports that "Connie Morris has reimbursed the State Board of Education $2,890 for a trip she took earlier this year to Florida after receiving criticism that the trip was excessive."

Naturally, Morris, who originally submitted an expense report claiming $3,600 for a six-day Florida junket -- including $339 a night for luxury hotel accommodations at the Fountainebleau Hilton Resort in in Miami Beach -- claimed the moral high ground.

"No amount of media bullying can take from the good people I serve the vision and knowledge gained from the conference," Morris said. "God says avoid the appearance of wrongdoing. My dad says that if you want to know the character of a man, look in his billfold."

The vision and knowledge Morris gained was from the Magnet Schools of America Conference in April -- unfortunately there are not magnet schools in Connie's district. Kansas only has three magnet schools. They are in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City.

Fortunately, Connie's daughter lives near the Miami Beach conference site, so the trip probably wasn't a total loss.


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