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Senator José Rodríguez has asked the U.S. Department of Education to open a statewide investigation of all Texas school districts to determine how many other districts have implemented policies similar to those used at the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) to circumvent the federal accountability system.

Six years ago, Dr. Lorenzo Garcia, the former EPISD superintendent, and his top administrators began gaming the federal accountability system to give the appearance that standardized test scores and student performance were improving at lower performing schools within the district.


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