PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Education has spent more than $100,000 to fix errors that led to the misallocation of millions of dollars in federal funding, and the cost could rise.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the department paid $105,000 for a financial consulting firm to identify the problems in the allocation process.

State education officials revealed in October that hundreds of charter schools and school districts received more Title I funding for low-income students than they were entitled to. There was also a misallocation of federal funds for special education programs.

Officials say the problems were in the allocation process, which started under then-Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal.

Superintendent Diane Douglas says the state has submitted a plan to correct the issue to federal officials.


Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com