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State asks to repurpose $10M in unused education grants

January 7, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Education has filed a plan with the federal government to repurpose about $10.3 million in special education grants that haven’t been used by local school districts.

The state receives about $43 million annually from the federal government to support students with disabilities.

Unused funds are retained at the state level. At the end of September, about $10.3 million had not been used by the districts, including $9.8 million from previous grants during at least the past 10 years and about $500,000 during the last fiscal year.

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said some districts manage funds very closely and others provide less oversight, resulting in unused grant fund allocations. He petitioned the federal government to allow the money to be repurposed back to schools.

A ruling is expected later this month.

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