SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State Board of Education staff have recommended that the elected board largely reject American International School of Utah‘s appeal of findings that the public charter school inappropriately spent more than $500,000 in federal and state special education funds.

State special education officials say the documentation submitted by the school “is not sufficient to substantiate that the costs in question are allowable expenditures” for federal education funds.

However, special education staff determined that $99,216.71 in state special education costs were valid. But for the remainder of the state costs, documentation provided by AISU “is not sufficient to substantiate that the costs in question are allowable expenditures,” State School Board documents state.

The school has asked the State School Board to forgive $360,000

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