The federal stimulus may have created more Dallas teaching jobs than was originally reported.

It appears as though many school districts throughout Texas aren’t doing a good enough job at keeping track of how many jobs have been created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

According to an article by The Dallas Morning News, that revelation led the Texas Education Agency to warn the school districts involved, and the agency recently sent a letter to state school districts notifying them of the problems.

The letter notes that brief audits of about 150 school districts found those districts did not properly track the number of jobs created by the ARRA and did not properly describe the jobs that were created. In addition, some districts failed to report payments of more than $25,000.

“It’s really paperwork problems,” Rita Chase, director of financial audits for the TEA, said. “We have not found any glaring misuse of funds.”

After it passed the ARRA early last year, the federal government set specific rules regarding how agencies receiving funding should report the use of their awards. The TEA now has four full-time auditors working on making sure that education funding is spent and reported correctly.

The State of Texas as a whole is expected to receive about $7 billion in education funding from the ARRA, which is scheduled to end next year.

The Dallas-Plano-Irving area’s education and health services industry employed 255,600 workers during October, which is up from 252,700 workers during September and a 4.1 percent increase from last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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