Texas Education Agency employee resigns amid controversy

Texas Education Agency employee resigns amid controversy
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 9:54pm

The Texas Education Agency employee who oversaw an investigation that cleared the El Paso Independent School District of cheating has resigned.

Emi Johnson stepped down February 28th. A state audit criticized the TEA's handling of the investigation, and several local lawmakers called for employees in TEA to be held accountable. TEA officials tell us Johnson was not forced to resign.

But State Senator Jose Rodriguez says personnel changes are needed to make sure TEA can properly investigate school districts across the state.

"My view is TEA needs to hire people that can get the job done and TEA needs to do everything it can to complete its investigation of other areas where there have been problems outside of El Paso," said Rodriguez.

"The fact she has left, I don't know what the reasons are but I think this is an opportunity to have individuals who can get the job done. Frankly, I don't think Miss Johnson got the job done," he added.

A TEA employee appointed in response to the audit is also stepping down. Margie Johnson was hired in December to oversee the new office of complaints, investigations, and school accountability. She's leaving tea next week.

Senator Rodriguez says he will support legislation to better fund TEA so that the agency can hire additional staff to better investigate allegations like those that surfaced in EPISD.

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