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While schools face budget cuts, executives get bonuses

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Updated: 7/11/2013 10:59 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Parents in Washington are angry after finding out top executives at the United States Education Department are getting bonus checks while local schools suffer budget cuts.

Action News' Scott MacFarlane revealed millions of tax dollars are being used to give bonus checks to the top executives.

Using the Freedom of Information Act we found more than two million dollars in bonuses were given.

MacFarlane says the Education Department defended the payments saying they were needed to retain qualified executives at the agency.

The agency refused to tell the names of the executives getting the money.

Congressman Jack Kingston, House Appropriations committee on Education Chair heard about the investigation and says he will seek to cut four million dollars in funding from the agency next year, specifically targeting the bonuses.

Action News dug deeper and found many other agencies giving bonuses in recent years, including the Border Patrol, the VA and the IRS.

The Education Department refused to comment on congressman Kingston's plan to cut bonus pay but said the agency is giving out less bonus money now.

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