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Audit finds school district didn't spend available money, leaving 1,600 students without tutors

By admin Published: September 7, 2011

COLUMBUS: A state audit has found that a major Ohio school district left more than 1,600 students without tutors because it didn’t spend all the available federal funding for its program.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Wednesday that auditors at the Ohio Department of Education found the Columbus public schools had $5.7 million in tutoring money that was left unspent over the last three school years.

Children qualify for free tutoring if their school has a poor academic performance record and a high level of students living in poverty.

A Columbus schools spokesman said district officials couldn’t comment because they were still looking over the report.

Last weekend, Ohio’s school superintendent ordered tutoring to be overhauled statewide because of other findings from Columbus: that hundreds of students were being tutored in ineffective or unsafe operations.

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