In the past few months, several incidents have occurred that illustrate the need to understand your legal obligations when you accept a grant award.

I spoke to a grant writing colleague of mine from a school district in the Midwest who was told to misappropriate federal grant funds about a year ago. He resigned from his position when it became clear the district superintendent was determined to spend the grant dollars for other district expenses.

A recent audit by a federal employee showed that a superintendent from a school district in the Northeast had diverted more than

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