Kansas Audit Questions Schools' At-Risk Spending

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An audit raises questions about how Kansas school districts are spending money for at-risk programs.

Legislative auditors examined a small sample of school districts, only 10 out of 296 districts statewide. But they found that half of those 10 were struggling with their at-risk programs.

Such programs are designed to help students who are considered at-risk of failing. The state spends $368 million on such programs, and funding has increased dramatically in recent years.

Two districts, Chase-Raymond in Rice County and Sylvan Grove in Lincoln County, use at-risk dollars for teachers' raises, without adding teacher positions during the past three years.

But Chase-Raymond's superintendent says it followed state guidelines.

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