State audit ordered for Jefferson County Public Schools

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s education chief is launching what he calls an “unprecedented” audit of the Jefferson County Public Schools system.

Media outlets report Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt released a report Tuesday detailing 32 findings concerning student safety, poor culture and communication at JCPS.

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The reason for the audit, Pruitt says, is mainly due to issues related to student safety, including the use of restraint and seclusion.

The audit could lead to a report with a list of recommendations for the district, or could even lead to a state takeover of the school system. It’ll be conducted by department staff and outside experts.

Pruitt says he hopes to start the audit in about a month and to finish it by the end of the school year.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.