Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kentucky House passes bill to strengthen accountability standards for school districts

The Kentucky House has voted to strengthen accountability standards for public school districts in the wake of financial misdeeds among some school officials.
The measure requires school finance officers to make monthly reports to local school boards and provide an annual report to the state Education Department.

It would increase training for some school board members, depending on length of service.

That provision drew objections from a number of lawmakers who praised other parts of the bill. They worried the increased training would add more expenses for school districts.

The bill cleared the House on a 58-41 vote Wednesday and now goes to the Senate.

State Auditor Adam Edelen praised the House action. He said his office has found hundreds of thousands of dollars abused and misspent in school district audits in the past year and a half.

The legislation is House Bill 154.