LAUSD Lunch Program Target of Investigation
An investigation is being sought against the Los Angeles Unified School District, which allegedly misspent money targeted for the free lunch program and was ordered to repay more than $158 million.
The probe comes in the wake of a report by the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes, released Feb. 6, that said the LAUSD was the biggest of eight districts to have violated accounting rules, according to audits by the California Department of Education.
The other seven districts â€” including Baldwin Park, Compton, Centinela Valley and San Diego â€” combined were ordered to repay $11 million. Two are contesting the findings.
According to the report, LAUSDâ€™s own auditors raised red flags that the money was being misspent, but the district continued misappropriating cafeteria funds until a district employee raised concerns.
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