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Community Members Worried About EPISD Probabtion Status


POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 9:50pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 10:45am

Worries from parents and community members after the Texas Education Agency placed the El Paso Independent School District on probation.

TEA is citing integrity issues and the guilty plea from former superintendent Lorenzo Garcia in the corruption scandal.

Unless EPISD makes improvements, the district could lose its accreditation status.

A local scholarship program said that could mean bad news for students.

Liza Montelongo started My Scholarships in 2007, a program that helps students with scholarships and college applications.

She received many calls from parents worried about how the probation status will affect their kids.

She's said this could make it harder for EPISD students after graduating.

"Next year's juniors could be really impacted if the school board doesn't get their act together if they were to lower their accreditation or even lost it,” said Liza Montelongo. “When the committee is looking at that application, they may turn around and say hey that kid is from that cheating school district and so that is very unfair to the student."

Montelongo went to the EPISD board meeting Tuesday night to voice her concerns and now she is encouraging parents to do the same thing.

She hopes that if parents get involved, the board will be forced to make the necessary changes.

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