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El Paso school official in cheating scheme resigns

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Posted: Nov 10, 2012 10:00 AM

Updated: Nov 10, 2012 9:25 AM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - An administrator at an El Paso high school who admitted he helped weed out students who could have kept the campus from meeting federal accountability standards has resigned.

The El Paso Times reports Johnnie Vega, an assistant principal at Bowie High School, stepped down from the school district on Thursday. Vega and two other school employees had been suspended with pay last week.

The 59-year-old Vega earlier this year admitted he and others, fearing for their jobs, followed directives to prevent some students from enrolling, kick out others and award credits to students who should have failed courses because they didn't show up.

Lorenzo Garcia, the former El Paso school district superintendent, is serving a 3½-year prison term after pleading guilty to his role in leading the scheme.

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