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EPISD to release audit documents to TEA

EPISD to release audit documents to TEA
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 4:17pm

The El Paso Independent School District's board of managers will release audit findings to the Texas Education Agency to help investigators as they sift through evidence that could lead to several former employees having their credentials revoked.

The T.E.A. subpoenaed documents earlier this month from the Weaver, Tidwell firm, hired to do an audit of the district investigating the cheating scandal.

This is the first time the T.E.A. has been allowed to subpoena a school district, after legislation authored by El Paso State Sen. Jose Rodriguez allowing for subpoenas in investigations passed the state legislature this session.

The audit is a public document, but some information was not made public because it was considered attorney-client privileged documents.

Those documents could not be released without the E.P.I.S.D. board of managers go ahead.

The State Board for Educator Certification's Professional Discipline Unit is currently reviewing the certifications for former Bowie High School employees, including former principal Jesus Chavez, former assistant principals Anna Luisa Kell and Johnnie Vega, all of whom have been implicated in the cheating scandal.

Former Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia is currently serving prison time in connection with the scandal at a federal prison in Lewisburg, Penn.

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