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Posted: Jul 4, 2014 2:27 PM

Updated: Jul 4, 2014 2:27 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) The former El Paso School District superintendent sentenced to 42 months in prison for his role as mastermind of a test cheating scandal has moved to a halfway house as the end of his prison term approaches.

El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/1lFvoLH ) Friday that Lorenzo Garcia received a sentence reduction for completing a Bureau of Prisons drug rehabilitation program while incarcerated and is set to be released in November. The end of his term was originally October 2015.

Garcia organized a cheating scheme in which underperforming students would be dropped or forced to drop out in order to bring the district's high-stakes tests up and secure bonuses for him and his accomplices.

The Texas Education Agency put the district on probation, installed a board of managers and replaced the superintendent.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

Topics: TX--El Paso-Testing Scandal

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