EL PASO - Five El Paso educators have been charged with scheming to defraud the federal accountability system and, in some cases, retaliating against co-workers who cooperated with the FBI's 5½ year investigation of the city's largest school district.
One of the administrators arrested was a former El Paso Independent School District associate superintendent, while the other four worked at Austin High School.
“These newly charged EPISD administrators engaged in criminal conduct and brazen efforts to manipulate testing populations, graduation rates, and attendance figures,” FBI El Paso Division Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist said in a statement. “The message should be loud and clear that the FBI, American people, and citizens of El Paso will not tolerate the manipulation and corruption of our public educational system.
“The involved teachers and administrators were trusted with educating and looking out for the best interests of students, as opposed to spending countless hours scheming and devising ways to defraud educational standards.”