El Paso School Board Ousted

Apr 30, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice is not objecting to the Texas Education Agency ousting trustees of the El Paso Independent School District amid a testing scandal.

The decision was announced Monday by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams in December announced trustees would be replaced with a board of managers to "regain the public trust" after a district-wide testing scandal. The move came after ex-El Paso High School superintendent Lorenzo Garcia pleaded guilty to fraud and was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

School board members are elected so TEA needed federal clearance, abiding by the voter rights laws, before the removal.

The new board can serve for up to two years in the district also put on probation by the state.

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