Texas Schools Officials Get Cheating Scandal Audit

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Texas Education Agency says it will create a new investigative division after a state report highlighted serious flaws with how it monitors its more than 1,000 districts.

The State Auditor’s Office report released Friday confirmed that TEA did not perform a thorough investigation of serious cheating allegations in the El Paso Independent School District.

An El Paso Times investigation revealed that district administrators were pushing out low-performing students to drive up the district’s test scores. Former superintendent Lorenzo Garcia also pleaded guilty to fraud allegations related to a no-bid contact and is now in prison.

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams blamed his predecessor for failing to investigate allegations of cheating.

The Times first reported on the audit report.

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