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Ex-EPISD superintendent Garcia can still be hired as educator despite admitting to crimes

By Maria Garcia, MariaG@kvia.com.
Maria Garcia, MariaG@kvia.com.
Published On: Aug 13 2012 03:21:38 AM CDT
Updated On: Feb 10 2014 07:22:15 PM CST

EL PASO, Texas -

Even though former El Paso Independent School District superintendent Lorenzo Garcia has pleaded guilty to federal charges of steering a contract to his mistress and fixing state and federal test scores his educator certificate is still valid.

Because of that he is still technically eligible for employment as a superintendent. He is currently awaiting sentencing.

Garcia's certification on file with the Texas Education Agency shows there is a flag that indicates his certificate is under review by the state board of education.

But the flag doesn't say why the certificate is under review.

A flag on a certification is a standard notification when there are allegations of misconduct against an educator.

The TEA said a certificate of an admitted felon is not revoked until sentencing.

"If an educator is in prison for a felony conviction then it is an automatic operation of the law that their certificate be revoked and there are no hearings and automatic operation of the law that their certificate be revoked and there are no hearings and no appeals. But if we move before that, then there's always the possibility that that person could appeal the sanction and in the process of due rights have that revocation reduced to say a suspension of just a matter of years and we would prefer the revocation when we can get it," said Suzanne Marchman of the TEA.

The two charges Garcia pleaded guilty to each carry up to a 20-year sentence.

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