Governor promises "heads will roll" for messed up education audit

CHARLESTON, WV (NEWS RELEASE) — For the last three years West Virginia screwed up the audit process that needs to be submitted to the Federal Department of Education. Back in January, the Justice Administration made it clear that failing for three years in a row is unacceptable. Despite our efforts, when the March 31 information deadline arrived the train was too far off the tracks for the Governor’s staff to rescue it.

Governor Justice announced that he is getting to the bottom of who is responsible for this disastrous mistake three years in a row. The net result of this mistake is that West Virginia’s state institutions have been sanctioned and will have to float a greater share of student loan funding up front.

“When I find out who is responsible heads will roll,” said Governor Jim Justice. “Our schools and students are being penalized because of a mistake that’s been brewing two years and ten months before I got here. We’ve got to get to the bottom of it because West Virginians deserve better.”

Justice added, “There is going to be finger pointing like crazy, but the only way to improve is to admit that something isn’t working. I didn’t break it but I’ll fix it. In the past our federal delegation was able to correct this and I hope they can help me fix it again this year.”

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