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St. George calls for school superintendent to resign

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Posted: Mar 18, 2014 3:47 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: st george, baton rouge, school, education, politics

BATON ROUGE- The organization behind the incorporation of the City of St. George asked for leaders of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to apologize and resign amid a state audit of the education system in the parish.

Tuesday, the group asked board member Belinda Davis, State Representative Pat Smith, and BESE member Carolyn Hill to apologize for comments made when details of the investigation were first released in January. They said allegations of problems with student records and the issuing of a fraudulent diploma to a student were politically motivated and manufactured by St. George supporters, who have been outspoken critics of the current school system.

But, that's not all the group wants after the state's audit highlighted issues.

In an email, the group also said it wants Superintendent Bernard Taylor and Deputy Superintendent Michael Haggan to resign along with any school board member who was aware of problems.

A day earlier, Taylor said the audit found outrageous issues that he could not prove existed.

"They just reported it. There is no corroborating evidence," Taylor told WBRZ News 2 Monday, referring to the state releasing details of its audit. Specifically, about a system employee being told to delete emails pertaining to the diploma.

The state's investigation also raised about student records. A sample, selected at random found 25-percent of the 362 student cumulative folders at 13 schools included major errors.

The audit said, "the erroneous record keeping appears to result from a negligent lack of internal controls...and falsification at the school level."
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