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Herald-Post Reset: Summarizing the El Paso ISD Mistrial (Audio Included)

Two weeks of testimony, evidence, and cross examinations in the case against five former El Paso Independent School District administrators ended abruptly on Wednesday when U.S. Federal Court Judge David Briones granted the motion for a mistrial, after prosecutors failed to provide the defense with documents.

Those facing federal charges are Nancy Love, Diane Thomas and Mark Philip Tegmeyer, former assistant principals at Austin High School; James Anderson, former Associate Superintendent and John Tanner, former principal at Austin High School.

More than 249 pages of evidence was provided to defense attorneys late on June 25.

Witnesses had testified that during 2009 to 2013, directives were given by school administrators Tanner, Anderson, Love, Thomas and Tegmeyer, to manipulate student attendance records, keep students in the 9th grade for a year and then skipping them to the 11th grade in an effort to skirt accountability measures.

Defense attorneys argued that the documents contained relevant information about possible motives former Austin High School Counselor Elizabeth Saucedo, counselor Rosario Parsley and Austin High School autoshop instructor Ruben Cordero may have had to be biased in their testimony.

Saucedo had testified on June 23. Parsley testified on June 27, and it was expected that Cordero was also going to testify.  The documents also, indicated that there was relevant information about Cordero that could have been used by the defense to show that he was not fired out of any alleged retaliation.

By clicking the ‘play’ button above, you can listen to the summary of how defense attorneys and U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof responded to the mistrial ruling; links to our previous coverage HERE

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“Once journalism is in your system, it’s hard to get it out… and then you realize, it’s there to stay.” – Alex Hinojosa is a full time instructor at El Paso Community College and a former El Paso Times journalist. FULL BIO

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One comment

  1. I do hope that the United States Attorney will bring this back to court. We cannot, as a community, sit idly by while the educators that we entrust our children and a major part of their education to sit back and come up with ways to cheat the system to boost test scores or remove poorly performing students. No. This is what forcing teachers to teach to the test has led to.

    We need to find a way to make sure school funding is not based on some standardized test. In my opinion, it really doesn’t achieve anything. Guess I’ll just sit back and see what comes of this in the future.