Michael L. Williams, commissioner of the state's education agency, said Thursday that he is appointing a board of managers to oversee the El Paso Independent School District, stripping the current seven-member board of trustees of their power in the aftermath of a cheating scandal. The new five-member board will oversee management of the 64,000-student district, which has been struggling to rebuild after administrators inflated test scores in struggling schools by pushing low-performing students out of the classroom and, in some cases, out of school altogether. The agency had previously sanctioned the district by lowering its accreditation status for reporting fraudulent data and allowing the misconduct to flourish. The replacement of the elected trustees must be approved by the federal Department of Justice. A state education official will oversee the district's operations until the board of managers is installed.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.