A judge has ruled that the inspector general for the city of New Orleans has the authority to investigate the Orleans Parish School Board.
State District Court Judge Christopher Bruno of New Orleans made that finding in a ruling made public Wednesday. Bruno denied the School Board's request to throw out a subpoena of the board's financial records for New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux.
The School Board had argued that state law limits the authority of local inspectors general to investigate parish school boards. Bruno disagreed. He said Quatrevaux's office has the power to investigate bodies that receive tax revenue through the city of New Orleans. And he said the subpoena would not illegally affect the School Board's independence.
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