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Hearing on TCAPS homeschool funds scheduled for June 13

Morgan Springer

The hearing will determine if Traverse City Area Public Schools has to pay back over $700,000 to the state. The Michigan Department of Education planned to take back the money last year because TCAPS allegedly misreported student enrollment at the Northern Michigan Partnership, a homeschool program in Interlochen.

TCAPS appealed that decision and the MDE was expected to respond in January, but a records request from attorneys representing TCAPS further delayed the process.

Now the appeal will go to a hearing scheduled for June 13 in Lansing with TCAPS and auditors from the MDE. A final decision on the funds will be made afterwards, but no timetable has been given.

If TCAPS is fined, a grant passed in the state legislature last year would refund the money to the district.

Correction: The MDE initially told IPR the hearing was scheduled for June 12. It's scheduled for June 13.  The article has been updated to reflect that.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.