TEA sends ultimatum to El Paso school

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

EL PASO, Texas -- The top Texas education official said the El Paso school district faces harsh penalties if it fails to discipline those who helped former superintendent Lorenzo Garcia in a scheme to fraudulently inflate accountability test scores.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams said he expects "aggressive and immediate action" by the district to find and punish those responsible for helping Garcia carry out a scheme that kept students from taking the high-stakes test, sometimes by forcing them to drop out of school.

Garcia pleaded guilty to fraud and is serving a to 3 1/2-year prison term. The Texas Education Agency placed the district on probation and Williams said more sanctions are on the table, including removing the school board.
 

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