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Report: Worcester education fund tapped only once

October 27, 2013

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A newspaper reports that a Worcester education fund soliciting taxpayers as they pay their bills has been tapped only once since it was established 17 years ago.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1a8IXgC ) that records show the city handed over $26,800 from the fund seven years ago to the Worcester Educational Development Foundation Inc., a private education foundation. It was almost the entire balance.

Annual contributions to the fund have ranged between $1,300 and $2,800 every year since it was established in 1996. Taxpayers have contributed a total of $39,212 to the fund.

Several top school department officials served on the foundation’s board of directors. The foundation’s current executive director, Louise Clarke, said she remembers that the foundation distributed the money to teachers for small class programs and projects.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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