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Texas Education Agency report critical of school district

December 22, 2018

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio school district is calling unfounded a report by the Texas Education Agency that accuses the district of illegal activities, dysfunction and poor financial practices.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the agency is recommending the state take over the Harlandale Independent School District.

The agency’s preliminary report, which has not yet been made public, found Superintendent Rey Madrigal might have violated state law when he entered into agreements with an engineering firm and approved payments to it without board approval.

The agency said trustees violated state law by conducting meetings through text messages.

In a statement, Madrigal said the agency’s proposal to remove the school board “is inappropriate, grossly excessive.”

The district asked the agency to review its response to the accusations before finalizing the investigation report.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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