In the wake of a report questioning past spending of federal funds, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants the U.S. Department of Education to impose special oversight before releasing $71 million in charter school grants to the state.

Federal regulators should appoint a special monitor to “ensure that all funds are being spent for their intended purpose,” Brown wrote this week to Education Secretary John King.

“There exists a pattern of waste, fraud and abuse that is far too common and requires extra scrutiny,” Brown wrote.

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