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Education
4:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records

University of Louisville President James Ramsey, right.
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The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an ongoing battle over public records.

In a letter dated July 18, U of L’s outside counsel said KyCIR’s public records appeal is moot since university officials earlier this month made public its final audit report.

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Education
5:22 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Needs To Tighten Financial Controls, Audit Says

University of Louisville president James Ramsey listens as an audit report was given to a Board of Trustees committee.
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The University of Louisville released Wednesday an auditing firm’s long-anticipated report on the school’s financial controls, an analysis prompted by a series of thefts at the institution.

Strothman and Company said U of L needs to hire a chief financial officer, which the school is already trying to do. The institution also needs to ensure all of the university’s computer systems are subject to the same security controls. And it should improve controls over payroll to reduce the risk that fictitious employees could be paid, the report says.

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Education
1:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit

Students at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus earlier this year.
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The University of Louisville on Wednesday released a highly-anticipated audit examining the school's financial controls.

Strothman and Company, a Louisville-based firm that is known for working with large governmental organizations, made 17 recommendations for changes. The recommendations including:

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Education
2:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

University of Louisville Won't Release High-Profile Audit

Students exiting an underpass on Third Street at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
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This story was reported by Louisville Public Media's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

University of Louisville officials refuse to release a report by an outside auditing firm that examined the school’s internal controls following a series of high profile – and high dollar – thefts.

This comes after the university signed an additional $100,000 contract amendment for the auditing firm to help implement its recommendations.

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Politics
11:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen won't be a candidate for governor in 2015.

Political observers considered Edelen a serious contender. He'd made in-roads toward a run for governor, including courting Democratic donors and nailing down a running mate who was never publicly identified.

Edelen released this statement today announcing his decision:

In 2015, I will be a candidate for re-election as State Auditor.

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Education
3:29 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

State Audit of Jefferson County Public Schools Resurfaces Many Old Questions

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen calls JCPS a "bloated" bureaucracy.
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The long-awaited state audit of Jefferson County Public Schools didn't give many surprises to the district's leader—in part because many of the issues were known to staff and are longstanding.

In fact, some of the same questions were raised in a 2011 audit conducted by Phi Delta Kappa, such as the cost of central administrator salaries.

Why do the questions endure?

"You've got to prioritize," says JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens.

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Education
10:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Kentucky State Audit Calls JCPS Administration 'Bloated.' Here Are Some Takeaways.

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Jefferson County Public Schools’ management system is  “bloated" and the district isn’t providing teachers with enough classroom resources, according to a a state audit released Wednesday morning.

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office has completed its year-long report that includes 45 findings and several more recommendations to reform JCPS management and policies, some of which the district has already begun to implement.

Those policies, he said, could shift into classrooms millions of dollars now spent on administration.

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Education
1:22 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Get The State Audit On Wednesday

The JCPS Board of Education voted 5-2 in approval of the audit.

After months of work, Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen says his office is ready to release an audit of the state’s largest school system that will help show how wisely Jefferson County Public Schools spends its money.

The audit is expected to show how JCPS spends its money when compared to other peer school districts. It will also uncover any conflicts of interest and look at whether district policies are adequate.

Here's the scope of the audit, according to JCPS.

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Education
6:43 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Many Kentucky School Financial Officers May Lack Skills To Do Their Jobs

Monticello High School
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Kentucky doesn't mandate any qualifications for the top financial officers of its 173 school districts—and state officials are concerned that the situation is leading to waste and mismanagement, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reports today.

You can read the story by Kristina Goetz here.

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Local News
4:27 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Kentucky House to Vote on Cyber Security Improvements for State Government

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A bill improving cyber security for Kentucky state government will get a vote in the House.

Consider the Black Friday security breach that compromised credit card information for over a hundred million Target customers, Should hackers ever comprise computers in a Kentucky state government agency, House Bill 5 would require the state to tell you what happened.

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