Texas School Leaders Seek Expanded Federal Review

May 8, 2013

The Texas Education Agency has asked federal officials to widen a school testing scandal investigation to include two more West Texas districts.

The El Paso Times reported Wednesday that the TEA request targets the San Elizario and Canutillo school districts.

Reviews have found alleged student-record manipulation in the El Paso, Canutillo and San Elizario districts. A state-appointed board created to manage the El Paso Independent School District amid the cheating scandal held its first meeting Tuesday.

San Elizario superintendent Sylvia Hopp hadn't seen a copy of Monday's TEA letter but says problems have been corrected and cheating is not ongoing.

The head of the Canutillo school board says agencies should examine districts across Texas. Armando Rodriguez would also like the federal government to require the TEA to audit itself.

Information from: El Paso Times.

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