High Court Says Orleans IG Cannot Audit School Board

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that keeps the New Orleans inspector general from auditing the Orleans Parish School System.

         NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune’s Andy Grimm reports that the high court's action on Friday left in place an earlier decision by the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. That decision said Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux does not have authority to investigate New Orleans public schools.

         The School Board's attorneys had successfully argued that the board does not receive tax dollars from City Hall, even though City Hall collects school property taxes on behalf of the school system.

         Quatrevaux said Monday he respects the court's decision. He had launched his audit in 2013 with a subpoena for hundreds of financial documents from the School Board.

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