Following error-filled state audit, school system will perform its own

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Posted: Mar 20, 2014 9:35 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Mar 20, 2014 9:35 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: audit, schools, education, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Taylor, Tatman, allegations, BESE

BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted Thursday night to run its own audit following one done by the state that found serious issues.

Auditors said student records had serious errors and found evidence of diploma fraud.

But, at the meeting, BESE and state legislators spoke in defence of the school system and called the audit results allegations.

"If in fact there was any truth to it, they would have given more concrete facts," said State Representative Alfred C. Williams.

Board President David Tatman said in an effort to "protect the integrity of kids grades," this audit will "dig deeper into the data, so the board can make recommendations to keep this from ever happening again."

The board plans to hire an outside auditor to perform the internal investigation.

The state gave the system until April 4 to respond about what the state found wrong.

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