El Paso school trustees to appeal state oversight

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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Leaders of a West Texas school district where a scandal to improve test scores sent an ex-superintendent to prison have voted to fight state oversight.

Trustees of the El Paso Independent School District voted early Wednesday to ask the Texas Education Agency to review the appointment of a new board. Education Commissioner Michael Williams last week named a new panel to take over for elected trustees.

TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said Wednesday that removing a school board is a "significant and drastic" step. She says it's natural that the incumbent board would appeal. Ratcliffe says the plan to replace the board will continue.

Ex-superintendent Lorenzo Garcia was sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud. Prosecutors say the conspiracy involved removing low-performing students from classrooms.

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