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Though the District’s ever-strapped school system has a deficit last seen at $58 million, it still can’t spend the money it has. On April 9, according to the D.C. Register, the council passed a resolution stating that $217,521 in unused “initiative grant” money would be carried over to the 2002 schools budget from the previous year—implying that the schools may need another initiative to promote initiative. Joe Prince, a grant writer for the school system, says the money is from the federal Department of Education, to be awarded to some D.C. school for its literacy program. When the District schools couldn’t pick a winner in time, the feds, like an indulgent teacher, gave them an extension. —Felix Gillette