- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - About a dozen parents and taxpayers have accused the Dallas Independent School District of taking money from low-income schools to fund pet projects.

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1CRGxpQ ) reports that a complaint was filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education against the second-largest public school district in Texas. The complaint alleges that the district, which has about 160,000 students, has been siphoning local money given to schools that receive federal Title I funds. The federal funds are meant to supplement local money that is used to help low-income and disadvantaged students.

District watchdog Bill Betzen, who signed the complaint, said he wants more financial openness from the district.

“I want them to tell the public exactly what the budgets are, and to tell the public where all this extra money is coming from,” Betzen said Wednesday. “He (Miles) has got a lot of little projects going and he had to get the money from somewhere.”

Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles said that the complaint is based on “inaccurate analysis” of school funding data, and that the complaint has no merit.

“These allegations are meritless,” Miles said. “We are spending our resources on the kids who need it.”

Miles said Wednesday that the complaint and allegations were “personal” because he grew up in poverty with a mother who did not speak English.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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