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Bill to strengthen school accountability in Kentucky advances

The legislation is House Bill 154.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill aimed at strengthening accountability standards for Kentucky's school districts is advancing in the General Assembly.

The Senate Education Committee approved the House-passed measure Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate.

The bill would require school finance officers to make monthly reports to local school boards and provide annual reports to the state Education Department. It also would increase training for some school board members.

Another section would require state education officials to set minimum qualifications for school finance officers.

The bill comes in the wake of audits that uncovered problems in some districts. State Auditor Adam Edelen has said his office found hundreds of thousands of dollars abused and misspent in school district audits in the past year and a half.

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