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State auditor to review education conference on Barresi's watch

Janet Barresi
State Impact-Oklahoma
Janet Barresi

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says his office will investigate a conference held last year by a private foundation on behalf of the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Jones said Monday he plans to launch the investigative audit at the request of state Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Details of an investigative audit released earlier this month showed former Department of Education officials under the previous administration used secret bank accounts during a 10-year period that the audit described as a "slush fund."

It was learned during the investigation that a similar account used under Barresi's administration was used to finance a conference in 2011.

Barresi maintains the 2011 Innovation Conference held last summer represents the "very antithesis" of the way in which similar events were managed by her predecessor.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.