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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Prince George's Co. Schools Could Lose $10M in Funding

Prince George's Co. Schools Could Lose $10M in Funding
Updated: Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 - 7:33 AM

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County schools have already lost $10 million in state funding and could lose another $10 million because the system failed to submit its annual audit on time.

Members of the county school board say the routine audit was due Sept. 30, but has been delayed because the accounting firm asked the school system to investigate purchasing decisions made by the school system's Chief Executive Officer Andre J. Hornsby, 51.

The school board's ethics panel cleared Hornsby, saying he didn't violate school system policies in his dealings with two educational software vendors.

But the FBI and other agencies are investigating Hornsby's dealings with California-based LeapFrog SchoolHouse and other educational software companies. Hornsby bought nearly $1 million worth of LeapFrog products for the school system in June without disclosing that he lived with a saleswoman for the company, Sienna Owens.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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