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Officials: Michigan turnaround district for schools didn't use millions in federal funds


DETROIT — Officials say Michigan's turnaround district for low-performing public schools didn't use millions of dollars in federal funding.

Mario Morrow, spokesman for the Education Achievement Authority, tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1KmRVwG ) in an email that the money was never spent but didn't give an explanation.

Federal officials say the money received through the Teacher Incentive Fund program tops $11.5 million over three years.

The U.S. Department of Education designated the Education Achievement Authority as "high-risk" and imposed conditions the district must follow if it wants to receive the balance of the $32.7 million, 5-year grant. The EAA was awarded the grant in September 2012.

The Teacher Incentive Fund program encourages districts to enhance teacher pay. Morrow says the district is working with the Department of Education to "address any issues."

Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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