ACLU, Legal Aid: Some schools are illegally using Medicaid dollars for police

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he American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid say a small number of schools have been unlawfully using certain federal dollars to pay for police in schools.

In a letter sent Wednesday to the Agency of Education, the two organizations argue that the state acted illegally when it authorized schools to use Medicaid Reinvestment Funds — money usually earmarked for special education interventions — on school resource officer programs. 

That’s not allowed under state or federal law, according to the two groups, which called on the state to “immediately revoke these authorizations, and not provide such authorization in the future.”

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