The Illinois Board of Education is investigating Chicago Public Schools' distribution of $87.8 million used to pay special-education teachers. A disability-rights group has questioned the way the district accounted for special-education spending in its 2010 fiscal-year budget. Current state law provides an upfront block grant for special education in Chicago schools, while other districts in the state must complete a complex accounting process to receive reimbursement for special-education salaries.

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