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Urban League says it did nothing wrong

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, which received $595,000 from Seattle Public Schools, insists taxpayers got their money's worth despite a state audit report calling the payments of questionable value.Interim CEO Tony Benjamin told reporters at a news conference,

We want to set the record straight. We have done nothing wrong.

The Urban League was the largest recipient of money from the a now defunct program to help minorities and women win School District contracts.  The scandal surrounding the program, how it was run and the lack of oversight has prompted a criminal probe. 

Responding to the financial scandal, the Seattle School Board is likely to fire Superintendent Maria Goodloe Johnsonand Chief Financial and Operations Officer Don Kennedy tonight.

Paula is a former host, reporter and producer who retired from KNKX in 2021. She joined the station in 1989 as All Things Considered host and covered the Law and Justice beat for 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.