A Miami schools special education official is accused of unfairly securing public funds intended for students with disabilities in order to send her own children to private school.

Police charged Deborah Swirsky-Nuñez with two felony counts this week for allegedly taking $19,000 from a state scholarship fund, which provides public money for children with disabilities to attend private schools. To qualify for the state scholarship students must attend public school for at least one year and have their disabilities evaluated to determine how much money they qualify for.

Investigators say that Swirsky-Nuñez asked school officials she supervised to conduct an evaluation of her daughter — who never attended public school — and to falsify information. Ultimately, Swirsky-Nuñez secured more than $11,000 in scholarship money for her daughter and nearly $8,000 for her son, reports The Miami Herald. To read more click here.

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