Education researcher indicted for misuse of grant funds

Robert D. Felner, founder of the National Center on Public Education and Social Policy at the University of Rhode Island and former dean of Education at the University of Louisville, has been charged with several counts of fraud related to the misuse of federal grant and earmark funds.

A federal grand jury issued an indictment on Wednesday alleging that a former dean of education at the University of Louisville and an associate diverted more than $2-million into their personal bank accounts from a federal research grant and from contracts with municipal school districts…

Mr. Felner successfully lobbied in 2005 for a Congressional earmark worth $694,000 to study how the No Child Left Behind Act was being carried out in Kentucky. In his proposal, Mr. Felner promised to hire at least four staff members and to work in collaboration with several school districts. But little if any of the work ever actually took place, according to the indictment.

seen in the Chronicle of Higher Education


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