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EBRSS receives extension to respond to LDOE audit

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Dr. Bernard Taylor, superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Dr. Bernard Taylor, superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has been granted a one month extension to respond to an audit by the Louisiana Department of Education.

EBRSS originally had until April 4 to respond to an audit about graduation records. The new deadline is May 4.

Officials want answers about how six Glen Oaks students received diplomas as part of the 2013 class, but should not have graduated.  Eleven others in that same class received the wrong diploma.

East Baton Rouge Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor answered questions to the media about the findings the day after they were released.

"It is not a failure of the system in terms of policies and procedures, errors and mistakes were made," Taylor said.

Taylor explained the audit was conducted because in May 2013, a student at Glen Oaks was approved for graduation, but the student's transcript shows they didn't have enough credits. It was that report and cause for concern from a whistleblower who collected two years of alleged problems and school district policies not being followed. 

The report pointed out changes were made to the academic records for the student in question after the state announced it would be conducting an audit. The report also stated one staff member was told to delete emails concerning the student.

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