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Want to see how your local school has been spending its federal money for disadvantaged students?
You can look it up the same way I did for my article about schools spending the money against San Diego Unified guidelines. A school district committee that is examining how well the money has been spent has posted the expenditures for all schools online. They’re broken up into elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.
The reports can be a little confusing to read: Each purchase can be listed multiple times as it goes through the purchasing process. It’s easiest to just look at the last column, which shows how much has actually been spent on a specific item at each school. The report was run about two weeks ago, so keep in mind that some schools may have already shifted some of these purchases to other funds.
We searched by keyword for things like bandages and rags to see if schools had followed the district guidelines. Find something interesting? Please let me know by email or just tell us here in the comments.
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