Feds say no civil rights probe for El Paso schools

12/8/2013

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Federal education agency officials are saying they won't pursue potential civil rights violations from a cheating scheme at El Paso public schools although the school district may not be totally in the clear.

U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke of El Paso received word this week from the U.S. Department of Education that agency rules bar investigations of allegations that are more than 180 days old.

The El Paso Times, however, reports another department official says the agency has discretion to extend that 180-day window.

O'Rourke has been pushing the Department of Education for an update since an audit last summer revealed a cheating scheme focusing on Mexican immigrant students and standardized testing used for federal accountability.


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