N.M. Governor, El Paso native reacts to SISD allegations
POSTED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 9:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 8:47am
El Paso, TEXAS (KTSM) — The Socorro Independent School District is placing four employees on paid leave after an audit identified problems in Socorro schools, adding to a list of troubled school districts in our area.
Borderland native Governor Susana Martinez shared her concerns, while in town Thursday, about cheating allegations and problems in local school districts.
Governor Martinez responded to the new allegations, while visiting North Valley Elementary School in New Mexico.
While she says the school districts in New Mexico have not taken any proactive steps to prevent cheating, the schools do conduct audits at different times.
"Make sure we're addressing kids and their growth in school. How are they learning and are they learning the curriculum? There's not room for cheating. If you start to show that they are learning at a faster rate than they really are,the only person that loses out is the child because we're not making sure they're learning the curriculum and we're cheating for different reasons to show a school is better than they really are,"said Governor Martinez.
Governor Martinez also added that audits are important to make sure that tax dollars are going in the right direction and are not being misspent or held back.