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Bogus ‘Obama mom’ grants lure students

Bogus 'Obama mom' grants lure students
July 25, 2010 --

By SHARONA COUNTS/ProPublica After being laid off from her job as a high school teacher in Dayton, Ohio, Nicole Massey decided to go back to college. For months, she scoured the Web for ways to fund her tuition, while supporting her 10-year-old son, Tyler. So when ads turned up in Massey’s inbox claiming that President […]

Phantom school districts tagged for stimulus $$$

September 25, 2009 --

By JENNIFER LaFLEUR/ProPublica

Hillcrest Rural Schools in north-central Kansas is set to get nearly $7,000 in federal stimulus money to help its disadvantaged students. Only one glitch: The district doesn’t exist anymore. It closed in 2006 when it was merged into another nearby district.