The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: "California education officials say the South Bay's largest school district overbilled state taxpayers for reduced-cost and free meals served to students, and they want more than $350,000 paid back. That amount covers only this school year, although the state says the problem may have gone on for years despite repeated warnings to Sweetwater Union High School District administrators."
The problems involved billing the state for meals that were provided for free to students who have not established eligibility for the government meals program.
More than half of the students (52.4 percent) in the district receive free or low-cost meals from the taxpayers. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, May 30.)