TITLE 17. EDUCATION
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL SCHOOL LAW
PART I. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
SUBPART A. STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
17:10.6 School and district accountability; school systems academically in crisis; definitions; audit and accounting requirements
A. (1) Any local system which is academically in crisis shall be subject to the provisions of this Section.
(2) When a local system is academically in crisis, the state superintendent of education shall notify the state board, the president of the local board and the superintendent of the local system in writing of the status of the system and of the resulting applicability of this Section.
B. For the purposes of this Section:
(1) "Academically in crisis" means any local system in which more than thirty schools are academically unacceptable or more than fifty percent of its students attend schools that are academically unacceptable.
(2)(a) "Academically unacceptable" means that a school is academically unacceptable pursuant to a uniform statewide program of school and district accountability established pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, hereinafter referred to as the "state board", under authority of law.
(b) The state board may limit the applicability of this Section by further restricting the definition of "academically in crisis" by rule as necessary to be consistent and compliant with the program of school and district accountability. In such case the state board shall provide specific notice to the presiding officers of each house of the legislature and the chairs of the Senate Committee on Education and the House Committee on Education.
(3) "Local board or local system" means the city, parish, or other local public school board or school system.
(4) "State board" means the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
C. Repealed by Acts 2006, No. 687, § 1, eff. June 29, 2006.
D. Repealed by Acts 2006, No. 687, § 1, eff. June 29, 2006.
E. (1)(a) At any time the provisions of this Section are applicable to a local system, the local board shall select and contract with an independent licensed certified public accountant from a list of not less than three such accountants submitted to the board by the superintendent to conduct an audit of the finances and financial practices of the local system. The local board shall make their selection within ten working days of receipt of the local superintendent's list. If the selection is not made by the tenth day, the matter shall be referred, by the local superintendent, to the legislative auditor who shall select the independent licensed certified public accountant to do the required audit. The audit shall be performed in accordance with generally accepted governmental auditing standards and the Louisiana Governmental Audit Guide. The engagement agreement describing the scope of the audit shall be submitted to the legislative auditor for his review and comment to the local board prior to the execution of the agreement.
(b) The audit report shall be submitted to the local board, the local superintendent, and the legislative auditor.
(2)(a) If the audit completed pursuant to Paragraph (1) of this Subsection results in any audit findings, the superintendent shall address each audit finding and shall report on the correction made to the legislative auditor.
(b) As provided in this Section as well as under his authority as provided in R.S. 24:513(A)(4) and pursuant to any of the circumstances outlined therein, the legislative auditor may take any of the following steps:
(i) Conduct an independent audit of the finances and financial practices of the local board.
(ii) Investigate the response of the superintendent to the audit conducted by the independent licensed certified public accountant.
(iii) Require that the local board contract with a licensed certified public accountant, other than the one who did the audit, from a list of not less than three such accountants submitted to the board by the superintendent to direct the changes in the local system financial practices necessary to address each audit finding.
(3) Expenses incurred by the legislative auditor shall be reimbursed by the local system.
(4) If the audit reveals irregularities including conduct which may be criminal in nature, such irregularities shall be reported to the district attorney with jurisdiction in the parish in which the school district is located or the appropriate United States attorney when irregularities are revealed which may be a violation of federal law.
F. At any time the provisions of this Section are applicable to a local system, the state superintendent of education shall provide a team of distinguished educators to provide expertise, direction, and support to the local system.
G. If found to be academically in crisis, a local system shall remain so until the academic performance of the students in the system has improved sufficiently to improve the school performance sufficiently that the system is no longer defined as academically in crisis and the system has an unqualified audit opinion, in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards, on the annual independent audit report required by Subsection E of this Section.
Added by Acts 2004, No. 193, § 1, eff. June 10, 2004. Amended by Acts 2011, No. 66, § 1.