Day after day, a disappointed public is faced with stories of public officials who take advantage of their positions and few who take responsibility for their mistakes. Late last year, it was discovered Paul Vallas, the head of the Recovery School District, was using a state-owned vehicle to make personal trips, a practice which is banned statewide.
Paul Pastorek, LA superintendent of education and Vallas' supervisor, admitted he had authorized Vallas' personal use of the state-owned SUV and he had been unaware of the rule against personal use. Two weeks ago, Pastorek himself offered to personally reimburse the state for the costs of those trips since he authorized them.
We applaud the fact Pastorek took full responsibility for the misuse at the start of the investigation, but just days before offering to repay the state, Pastorek explained he didn't think anything should have to be repaid since no one knew what they were doing was wrong.