Federal judge orders mediation in BISD lawsuit

February 5, 2019

A federal judge in McAllen ordered mediation between a state district judge and the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit the judge filed on behalf of her children against the school district.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa determined in late January that the lawsuit filed by Elia Cornejo-Lopez, who sued BISD as a parent of a student enrolled with the district and is 404th state District Judge, is appropriate for mediation.

"Counsel and parties shall endeavor in good faith to resolve the case through mediation," Hinojosa wrote in the order.

Cornejo-Lopez filed the lawsuit on Nov. 30, 2017, accusing BISD administrators and trustees of mistreating her children and retaliating against them after she filed a grievance against the district, alleging that it violated her child’s constitutional rights when it didn’t allow her child to take an AP Psychology class but allowed another similarly situated student to take an AP Chemistry class.

One of Cornejo-Lopez’s main grievances is that BISD employees and/or trustees violated the Federal Educational Records Privacy Act by releasing private information related to minor students.

The case was transferred from Brownsville to McAllen after both U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera and Andrew S. Hanen, who has since relocated to Houston, recused themselves.

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