Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:05 AM
AUSTIN - Two West Texas legislators have testified in favor of the state's removal of trustees from a district mired in a testing scandal that sent an educator to prison.
A state hearing officer in Austin is expected to rule March 6 on an appeal by El Paso Independent School Board members.
Sen. Jose Rodriguez and Rep. Marisa Marquez spoke Thursday in support of Education Commissioner Michael Williams. Williams in 2012 named a conservator to oversee the district and appointed a board of managers to replace the trustees.
EPISD attorney Tony Safi says trustees cooperated when the Texas Education Agency lowered the district's status to accredited-probation.
Written closing arguments are due Feb. 19.
Ex-superintendent Lorenzo Garcia pleaded guilty to fraud and was sentenced last fall to more than three years in prison.
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