In February, California's state controller said he would forgo immediate claims his office had on a special payment of $70 million in state funds to the Los Angeles Unified School District. But now auditors say they will take back most of the money — $45.4 million — in future years. The funds largely were for remedial academic efforts outside regular school hours. The programs are ordered by the state and therefore, by law, must be paid for by the state. School districts frequently pay the costs upfront and wait for the state to repay them. The wait can take years, and there's a catch: The state can repossess these funds if, at some later date, auditors conclude that a school district made inappropriate or unsupported claims.