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GUAJARDO: Mishandling of MDE funds by employees costs after school programs

By: Magnolia Tribune - September 19, 2016

ROD GUAJARDO: After-school program cuts deserve attention, action

The Mississippi Department of Education said Friday that because employees mishandled grant money, the state will only be able to spend $5.6 million of the state’s $14.6 million allotment of a federal grant for after-school programs, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The other $9 million will go to reimburse school districts and nonprofit groups for costs they incurred earlier, after employees awarded too many grants.

That means that instead of a program that was projected to reach 29,000 students in 67 school districts, it will only reach 7,000 students in 28 school districts.

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