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Former EPISD associate superintendent admits to taking part in cheating scandal

Damon Murphy, who has ties to the case and previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, took the stand on June 14, 2017.

A former associate superintendent for the El Paso Independent School District testified Wednesday in the trial of former administrators accused in a cheating scandal.

Those accused of defrauding the system by manipulating test scores are former EPISD Superintendent James Anderson; former Austin High School Principal John Tanner; and former Austin High School Assistant Principals Nancy Love, Mark Tegmeyer and Diane Thomas.

Damon Murphy, who has ties to the case and previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, took the stand.

Murphy testified to giving limited-English proficiency students their exam to exit out of that status in the fall when it’s supposed to be administered at the end of the school year in the spring.

He said he passed it off as a pilot program, saying, “I know there would be great concern if (Texas Education Agency) was in any one of the meetings where we discussed this.”

He said 70 percent of students who took the test passed it.

Murphy testified the TEA did find out and “slapped his hand.”

Murphy also testified that Anderson had some sort of involvement.

The trial will continue Thursday.

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