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West Texas School District Conducting Audit Following Cheating Scandals at Other Region School Districts

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More West Texas school districts are being audited for possible cheating by staff.

Socorro Independent School District approved a review Tuesday to investigate the possibility that staff violated accountability standards.

The investigation will look to see if student transfer credits were manipulated through inappropriate grade placement and testing practices.

The external auditors will look at the practices from 2008 to today.

Superintendent for Socorro ISD, Joe Espinoza, said that no accusations of wrongdoing have been levied at the district, and the investigation is just the district being proactive.

The investigation follows cheating scandals being uncovered in El Paso, Canutillo and San Elizario School Districts, which also exist in West Texas.

Lorenzo Garcia, the former superintendent of El Paso ISD, pled guilty to fraud last June and is currently serving a prison term.

Information from the Associated Press used in this story

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