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Resource ID: #24743
Subject: Financial Investigations
Source: News-Democrat (Belleville, Ill.)
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Date: 03/28/2010; 04/25/2010; 04/28/2010; 05/02/2010; 05/23/2010; 05/27/2010; 06/09/2010; 06/13/2010; 07/11/2010; 08/15/2010; 09/28/2010; 09/30/2010; 10/01/2010; 10/23/2010; 10/28/2010; 11/05/2010; 11/06/2010

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This investigation into East St. Louis School District 189 shows misuse of funds and highlights questionable decisions at administrative levels for both academics and athletics. About 7,500 students attend classes in the district that has received constantly failing grades when compared to educations achievement statewide. The district receives millions in federal "Title 1" money because more than 90 percent of its students live blow the poverty line. However, this investigation revealed questionable use of those taxpayer funds. In September, the story took a turn and focused on the champion East St. Louis Flyers football team that was eventually kicked out of the state playoffs despite having an undefeated recored. In these stories, questionable practices by district officials regarding strict residency rules were revealed.

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