Monday, January 30, 2006

DC to unreject Federal money

In 1995, in order to skirt a court order enforcing the District to provide the services that were supposed to be paid for by federal funds, the Barry administration signed legislation that allowed the city to reject the federal funding. This amounted to roughly $160,000 a year in lost funding. Last week, superintendent Janey re-applied for the funding.
After the suit, the city was ordered to use the federal money to provide bus tokens to homeless children, but city officials said that the grant would not provide enough money for the program. The D.C. Council passed, and then-Mayor Marion Barry signed, emergency legislation that allowed the city to reject the federal funding -- $1.6 million over 10 years -- and avoid the court order to start the token program.

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