State overpaid furloughed school staff; now wants money back

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Baker School District says the Oregon Employment Department erroneously paid about $100,000 in unemployment benefits to 155 eastern Oregon school district staff who were furloughed last spring. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state now wants the money back. The schools’ business manager, Michelle Glover, says the district learned about the issue last week. She said the overpayments amounted to between $630 and $730 per employee. Glover says the state isn’t demanding that workers repay it now. But if they don’t, the state will deduct the funds from any future unemployment claims those staffers make.