State freezes Ga. school system's funds

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education says it’s freezing the disbursement of certain federal funds to the Dougherty County School System until the district resolves allocation and expenditure issues.

The department has concerns that the district has inflated the number of students who qualify for federal meal assistance and has not properly overseen federal grant programs. Much of the federal funding that school districts get is based on the number of poor students who qualify for federal meal assistance.

School district officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The district stands to lose about $10 million through the frozen funds. That would be significant for the district, which lists an operating budget of $114.8 million on its website. The district could still get the money if it clears up concerns.

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 07/20/12 - 09:53 am
Clay doesn't play.

John doesn't, either.

socks99 07/20/12 - 03:06 pm
There is deep irony in the

There is deep irony in the fact that conservatives in Atlanta are micromanaging a local school even while they decry federal intervention in state schools. The way forward is "local control" PERIOD!

Lawmakers ought to sponsor a Constitutional Amendment that allows local communities to choose or appoint BOE members however they wish; as is, the Constitution requires elections, and this has politicized the schools and reduced their effectiveness.

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