EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Texas' top education agency has appointed its own board to manage the duties of the embattled EL Paso school board after a cheating scandal that put the district on probation.
Texas Education Commission head Michael Williams announced Thursday that the move was made to regain the public trust. Very few Texas districts have faced such a harsh sanction, which is pending approval by the Department of Justice because the El Paso board members are elected officials.
Williams says the current board of trustees will remain in place but the newly appointed Managers Board will have "all the responsibility and authority."
Former superintendent Lorenzo Garcia is serving a 3 1/2-year sentence for fraudulently altering student test results in order to secure funds and $56,000 in bonuses.