Politico reports that Daniel Lee is one of the highest-paid officials in California’s Department of Education, for which he works as its first-ever “superintendent of equity.” He might also be breaking the law by living in Philadelphia and working a second job there was still being reimbursed by California taxpayers.

Mackenzie Mays writes:

Daniel Lee, a psychologist, life coach and self-help author, owns a Pennsylvania-based psychology firm and is the president of the New Jersey Psychological Association’s executive board. He has also been serving as a deputy superintendent for the California Department of Education since July 2020, a role dedicated to the success of children of color that was originally backed by a foundation grant but is now funded by state taxpayers.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, who was instrumental in the hiring, has known Lee for more than two decades since they were social workers in Philadelphia and included Lee in his wedding party. The Education Department’s nonprofit affiliate initially hired Lee without publicly posting the job that now pays up to $179,832, and Lee’s 18-page resume shows no prior experience in California or relationships with school districts in the state.

Huh, they didn’t even publicly post the job before giving it to Lee. California legislator Kevin Kiley has formally requested a review of the legality of Lee’s out-of-state residency.

Being the “superintendent of equity” already sounds like a grift even without him living on the opposite coast.

We don’t see this going well for the superintendent of equity.


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