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FORT WORTH The Fort Worth school district must reimburse the state between $37 million and $39 million after an internal investigation revealed computer errors miscalculated the average daily attendance of certain students during a three-year period.

'We have launched a complete investigation as to what happened,' said Interim Superintendent Patricia Linares.

The error, which spanned over three school years, was discovered recently when student data for the 2013-2014 school year was being analyzed under a by a computer system, Linares said. The miscalculation involved students in in bilingual and English as a Second Language programs.

The district will reimburse the state with money that is currently in reserves, or fund balance, which is where the overpayments from the state went.

The money will be paid back by the end of the 2014-15 school year, officials said.

District officials said they expect to have an estimated $102 million in reserves even after the money is reimbursed.

The reimbursement to the state will not affect academic programs, staffing or a planned three-percent pay increase for employees, Linares said.

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