POSTED: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 6:01pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 8:51pm
Accusations are flying. Senator Eliot Shapleigh says the El Paso Independent School District is cheating the system, and taking money that's not theirs.
In a news conference today, Shapleigh said he's calling for a federal investigation against EPISD's Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia. He gave us documents he says prove that the district forced more than 200 students out on TAKS test day at Bowie, in order to get better grades. With better grades, Garcia is supposed to get bonus money.
"We should take great care, to teach every child and give him or her an opportunity to succeed, and leaving 55% behind is not a legacy that we can stand by and watch," said Shapleigh.
Garcia denies the allegations. "They are false, hurtful, and unnecessary. Today we must question the senator's motive, his agenda, his timing, he seems to be overzealous," said Garcia
Election day is Tuesday, and Shapleigh has called for voters not to support a new tax that will help fund the district.