03/17/2012 11:55 am ET

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

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.

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