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Audit Finds Questionable Spending By Secretary Of Education

Sacramento, CA — Auditors say they found questionable spending by state Education Secretary Alan Bersin when he was superintendent of schools in San Diego.

The audit looked at Bersin´s handling of more than $630,000 in tax-deductible donations made by individuals and corporations to an education innovation fund.

The audit said Bersin spent the money as he wanted, often reimbursing himself for personal and business expenses.

Bersin says the audit is an attempt by his critics to derail his nomination to the state Board of Education. He says there was no improper spending.

Bersin visited several Sonora schools in February and gave a speech about his goals as the Secretary of Education.

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh