The state's education agency doled out several sanctions Monday in a scathing letter addressing a cheating scandal
The state's education agency doled out several sanctions Monday in a scathing letter addressing a cheating scandal at the El Paso Independent School District, chiding the district for its "utter disregard for the needs of students."
Texas Education Agency Chief Deputy Commissioner Richard Todd Webster lowered EPISD's accreditation status to probation and assigned a monitor to the district, who will report findings to the state.
Webster also directed the EPISD to hire outside companies to oversee testing and to identify the structural defects within the district that allowed the cheating scheme to thrive and go unchecked.
"The deficiencies identified at the EPISD reflect intentional, unethical and illegal acts that compromise the basic mission of the Texas Education system," Webster wrote in the letter. "The actions of the EPISD reflect not only an utter disregard for the needs of students served by the district but also a willingness to cast aside basic principles that form the foundation of our systems of instruction
"These grave circumstances are compounded by the structural and organizational defects within the district that allowed this type of misconduct to flourish," Webster wrote. "The actions of the district, or, in certain cases, the district's failure to act, require me to intervene."