St. Louis City Schools only trate “fair” with state auditor’s office

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

By a very narrow margin the St. Louis Public School District received a rating of “Fair” from the office of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich Wednesday.

That’s the same rating as last year.

But during a downtown press conference to release his findings, Schweich pointed out that school district officials were so uncooperative and dragged the process out so long that there was a debate in his office about whether city schools should be dropped down to “Poor”, the lowest rating.

“When we started the audit we got a letter saying we didn’t have the legal authority to do the audit,” Schweich pointed out. “We got over that…it was not based on any sound legal principles that we could tell. And all the way to the very end there was resistance to providing copies of the audit to certain people.”

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