Kansas cancels grant for early literacy program in schools

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas is canceling a grant with the company that administers an early literacy program for public school children after an audit found the company received millions of dollars it wasn't entitled to during former Gov. Sam Brownback's administration.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families announced Friday it was ending the contract with Hysell & Wagner, which operated the Kansas Reading Roadmap program.

For the next academic year, the agency will directly fund schools planning to offer the program.

Auditors found Hysell & Wagner claimed nearly $2.3 million in 2014 and 2015 it should not have received.

The agency said in a news release the audit that uncovered the incorrect payments began during Brownback's administration but was never finalized or released.