Trenton schools superintendent meets with education panel

TRENTON - The state Senate Education Committee took a hard look at the Trenton public school system today.

Superintendent Rodney Lofton was questioned on whether his district has learned from its mistakes. The questioning was prompted by a state audit that was released this year. The audit turned up millions of dollars in wasteful special education spending and possible benefit fraud.

Lofton said, "We have to work smarter with our money, and how we utilize it, the number one thing is to educate our children." Under the supervision of a Department of Education monitor, the district has made changes. Lofton thinks that the continued supervision will keep the district from making mistakes again.

According to the state auditor, the attorney general's office is investigating possible fraud in the Trenton public school system.

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