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Tucson area school districts overpaid by state

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TUCSON - Tucson area school districts were overpaid by the Arizona Department of Education for Title I funds.

Title I funds help low-income students. All major school districts in Pima County receive Title I funds. Some districts are estimated to have been overpaid by millions of dollars.

The mistake was discovered in 2015 after an audit of the program. An internal team was assigned to fix the problem, but did not succeed. According to an ADE department spokesman, the superintendent feels misled by the team handling the situation and hired a private third party company to find the issue in 2017.

The Arizona Center for Investigative Re

porting, a nonprofit newsroom, wrote an article Oct. 26, 2017 after receiving a tip. Some districts said they found out about the problem because of the ACIR report. The ADE said they released the information Oct. 13, 2017 – before the ACIR released its own.

A spokesman for the ADE said the information was emailed, but each school was not called to be notified. Accord to Evan Wylog, a senior reporter, the ADE’s statement was released after they started to ask questions. The spokesman said the ADE did not want to alarm the districts before a resolution was decided.

The ADE has not released how it will handle the over payments.

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