Former Irvin High School teacher sues EPISD

Former Irvin High School teacher sues EPISD

POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:48pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:26pm

A former Irvin High School teacher is suing the El Paso Independent District.

Robbie Tafoya says he became a whistleblower after he realized the school administrators were partaking in the district's cheating scandal where students were being wrongly moved to other grades to avoid taking state mandated exams.

He says those administrators began retaliating against him and threatened to cut his program. Things got so bad, he says, he began to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and had to retire from the district last year.

Now he claims he's owed more than $800,000 in retirement benefits.

"I want the district to acknowledge what they did was retaliation against me. I've only received 12 years of my retirement. I was in for the long haul. I feel I'm due because I became medically disabled retired. I've been deemed unemployable" said Tafoya.

As far as the district, an EPISD spokesperson tell us the teachers retirement system administers benefits, not EPISD, and says "the district has severed ties with both employees identified by Mr. Tafoya. There is litigation pending regarding Mr. Tafoya. We cannot discuss his case."

The Texas Education Agency heard Tafoya's case during a hearing today and is now deciding whether it has jurisdiction to get involved.

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