TEA wants to revoke the educator certifications of 11 people linked to EPISD’s cheating scheme
The Texas Education Agency is trying to revoke the educator certificates of several people linked to the El Paso Independent School District cheating scheme. A TEA petition accuses 11 educators of participating in the scheme to falsify federal accountability reports, or knowing of the scheme but doing nothing to stop it.
Those 11 people are:
• Damon Murphy, the former head of EPISD's Priority School's Division and former Canutillo ISD superintendent
• Terri Jordan, who served as chief of staff for Lorenzo Garcia and served as the interim superintendent after his arrest
• James Anderson, former assistant superintendent for secondary education
• Maria Flores, former Priority Schools Division administrator
• Mirna Gamboa, former Priority Schools Division administrator
• Gina Oaxaca, bilingual education director
• Kathleen Ortega, former director of guidance services
• Jesus Chavez, former Bowie Principal
• Ana Luisa Kell, former Bowie assistant principal
• Johnnie Vega, former Bowie assistant principal
• Juan Manuel Duran, former Bowie assistant principal and current assistant principal at Burges
It’s unknown if Duran will be removed from the district because of the petition. Lorenzo Garcia, the district’s former superintendent is the only person who is serving time for his role in the cheating scheme that held some students back. He’s expected to be released from federal prison in November 2014.