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Nelson wants more justification for GDOE's $340M budget

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The oversight of education has pressing questions on the Guam Department of Education's $340 million budget request. Vice Speaker Telena Nelson, legislative committee chair on Education said she wants answers from education officials on where federal funds are being used - specifically, the "indirect costs from the Consolidated Grant."

"If we're using this state money and perhaps going on trips of travel when we could be using it for utilities for the schools or textbooks for the kids or rerouting it back into the schools to support our teachers, then we need to take another look," she said. Because right now in their travel there was upwards of 5 to $600,000 spent in 2016-2017."

Nelson voiced other concerns, including the spending on certain positions to fulfill the 14 point mandate and contracts that GDOE has with other organizations.

Education officials will meet senators again in early March for a budget hearing.

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