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DPS Gets U.S. Millions For 6 Troubled Schools -- But Has Trouble Spending It

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Detroit schools emergency manager Roy Roberts is interviewed in Detroit, Friday, June 24, 2011. Roberts knew that the job he was being asked to take was difficult, just as the Detroit Public Schools $327 million budget deficit was massive. The former General Motors Corp. exec and venture capitalist didn’t realize just how bad things were in the district that had considered bankruptcy and was heading toward systemic collapse. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit schools emergency manager Roy Roberts is interviewed in Detroit, Friday, June 24, 2011. Roberts knew that the job he was being asked to take was difficult, just as the Detroit Public Schools $327 million budget deficit was massive. The former General Motors Corp. exec and venture capitalist didn’t realize just how bad things were in the district that had considered bankruptcy and was heading toward systemic collapse. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Despite having some of the most urgent needs in the state, the Detroit Public Schools district has failed to spend a large portion of $6.3 million in federal grant money it received in 2010 to help turn around six of its lowest-performing schools.

The district now runs the risk of having to return some of the money if it isn't spent within the three-year grant period -- in this case, by the end of the 2012-13 school year. The grants were part of the first wave of grants to go to schools through an unprecedented federal school-improvement plan.

Read the whole story at Detroit Free Press