STATEMENT OF GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT CONNIE K. CALLOWAY, PH.D. REGARDING TITLE I, SECTION 31A AND OTHER FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS

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For Immediate Release Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4542; cell 313-212-5636
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org

Detroit, MI- Connie K. Calloway, Ph.D., General Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools, today issued the following statement:

“I learned late the week before last, at a meeting with the school district’s principals, about an impending issue regarding Detroit Public Schools Title I, Section 31A and other Federally funded programs. To summarize, we were informed that a number of schools had large balances remaining in their budgets from these programs, and a deadline is approaching before which the funds must be utilized to ensure that they will not be lost. Key staff members in the Offices of Funds & Development and Contracting & Procurement were immediately charged to accelerate their work with the schools and also coordinate with the Michigan Department of Education to assure that our building principals will be able to use all available funds for programs that improve student achievement.

As General Superintendent I have promised this community that we will have integrity in all financial programs and functions of this school district. We are putting in place policies and procedures to assure that grant funds are always utilized in compliance with all regulations and in a manner that benefits Detroit school children.”

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