Lorenzo García, once a powerful man in El Paso highly regarded by colleagues and the community, was led away from a federal courthouse Friday handcuffed like any other common criminal. García, the former superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District, appeared meek — a striking contrast to his brawny personality — when a federal judge sentenced him to three and a half years in prison for a cheating scandal that rattled the community. García, 56, uttered a few words but offered no apologies for the cheating scheme that intentionally put students in the wrong grade, pushed them out of school or prevented them from enrolling as part of the district’s effort to inflate standardized test scores so low-performing schools appeared to meet federal and state accountability measures. “As superintendent, I am responsible for everything that went on in my district,” he told Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones before the sentence was handed down. García pleaded guilty to Advertisement two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in the test rigging.
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