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Sun Aug 18, 2019, 04:50 AM

Kansas Cancels Contract For Kids' Reading Program Over Millions In Questionable Spending

The state of Kansas is canceling a contract that administered an elementary-school reading program because of what state officials call inappropriate spending on travel and salaries.

The contractor disputes any mishandling of the money, which in recent years amounted to nearly $10 million routed from a program meant to serve needy families.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families announced Friday that it is canceling the contract with Hysell & Wagner LLC to run the Reading Roadmap, which provides literacy programs for students at 30 school districts.

In 2013, then-Republican Gov. Sam Brownback created the Reading Roadmap to advance his goal of improving reading scores. He funded it with $9 million from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare program.

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