The Arizona education department has uncovered an error in federal funding allocations that led to millions of dollars intended for special education programs being allocated to the wrong schools.
The department underallocated $15.2 million in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding, it wrote in a letter to districts and charter schools. An audit in 2015 also found $14.3 million was overallocated, affecting about 400 charters and districts. Though the error was initially identified in 2015, a department spokesman said the extent of the problem was not clear until recently.
The latest discovery follows a glitch resulting in hundreds of district and charter schools receiving more federal funding for low-income students than they were entitled to while others received far less.
A version of this article appeared in the November 15, 2017 edition of Education Week as Arizona Misallocates Millions of Dollars in Federal Special Education Funding