- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A state audit says Robeson County’s school system used $3 million meant for special needs students for other purposes - and other districts may have made a similar mistake.

The audit issued Monday says for three fiscal years starting in 2011, the school system did not use about $1 million per year in Medicaid reimbursements to provide services for special-needs students as required.

The school system said in a letter to the auditor’s office that it wasn’t told by state education officials that the money was required to be used for special-needs students. It acknowledges that reimbursement money went to other district needs.

State schools Superintendent June Atkinson said in a letter that education officials will work with Robeson County and districts statewide on how the reimbursements are used.

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