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EPISD Board Requests Special TEA Partner

The El Paso Independent School District has requested the Texas Education Agency send a “special administrative partner” to the district.

The school board unanimously approved the measure, which was requested by interim superintendent Dr. Terri Jordan late last month.

A statement released by the district late Tuesday night stated the monitor from the TEA would help EPISD develop and implement improved policies and procedures regarding student records.

“Most of the time when a monitor is placed in a district it is done by the Texas Education Agency, not usually requested by the district,” TEA spokeswoman Suzanne Marchman told ABC-7 over the phone from Austin.

Jordan said she wanted the TEA to help the district when it came to student grades, grade placements and other student records requirements.

“They would follow the normal protocol as any other monitor that had been placed in a district,” Marchman said. “They would have certain issues that there expected to resolve and when those issues are resolved they would be removed from the district.”

This request comes about two weeks after the district announced the Bowie High School principal and the director of secondary education were removed due to allegations of forgery, false documentation and cheating.

Former principal Jesus Chavez admitted to compromising district policy, according to an internal audit released to ABC-7 in late April. Auditors also allege they uncovered evidence of misconduct by other top ranking officials.

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