The Office of Inspector General for the Chicago Board of Education is the independent oversight body for Chicago’s approximately 650 public, contract and charter schools. The Office of Inspector General is charged with the responsibility of investigating allegations of waste, fraud and financial mismanagement in public education within the jurisdiction of the Chicago Board of Education.
The mission of the Office of Inspector General is to ensure integrity in the operations of the Chicago Public Schools by conducting meaningful, accurate, and thorough investigations into allegations of waste, fraud and financial mismanagement. The OIG also reviews the Board's systems, practices and procedures to determine their efficacy in preventing waste, fraud and financial mismanagement.
The authority of the OIG is established by Illinois Statute at 105 ILCS 5/34-13.1 and Board Rule 3-8. Following Nicholas Schuler's December 8, 2014 appointment to serve as Inspector General, the Chicago Board of Education passed Resolution 14-1217-RS1 on December 17, 2014.
In 2014, Nicholas Schuler was appointed to a four-year term as the inspector general for the Chicago Board of Education. Nick’s previous professional experience includes four years as the deputy inspector general for the Chicago Board of Education; three years as an assistant inspector general for the City of Chicago; three years as a litigation attorney at the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn LLP, where he worked on internal investigations for major corporations; and nine years with the Chicago Police Department where, among other things, he supervised police-misconduct investigations as a sergeant in internal affairs. Nick earned his law degree at the University of Illinois, where he was named to the Order of the Coif. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.