Texas School Chief Gets Prison in Testing Scandal

Three years for removing under-performing students from the classroom to keep them from ruining results


A federal judge sentenced the former superintendent of El Paso Independent School District to more than three years in prison Friday for his participation in a conspiracy to improve the district's high-stakes tests scores by removing low-performing students from classrooms.

Lorenzo Garcia's scheme to prevent hundreds of sophomores from taking the accountability tests fooled authorities into believing that academic standards had improved in his West Texas district—resulting in a boost in federal funds and personal bonuses totaling at least $56,000.