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Jury selected for former EPISD administrators accused in cheating scandal

FILE - Former EPISD administrators being escorted out of federal court. (KFOX)

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX) - A trial is underway for former educators accused of orchestrating a cheating scheme within the El Paso Independent School District.

Five former EPISD administrators were in federal court Monday for their alleged connections to a districtwide cheating scandal.

Those accused 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.

All are accused of defrauding the system by manipulating test scores.

Federal prosecutors said in opening arguments that the case comes down to three things: cheating, manipulation and retaliation.

Anderson’s defense attorney argued he tried to do the right thing and have the Texas Education Agency audit the district, but that never happened.

A jury was selected Monday and the trial will continue Tuesday. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

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