Oct 22, 4:18 AM EDT

Former West Texas school official pleads guilty


EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A former El Paso school administrator has pleaded guilty for her role in a testing scandal.

The El Paso Times reports ( http://bit.ly/1x7an3F ) Myrna Gamboa pleaded guilty in federal court this week to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. The former El Paso Independent School District administrator resigned in November 2012, hours before the board was to consider whether to fire her.

Gamboa was director of schools receiving funding through a federal program designed to improve test scores for low-income students.

Prosecutors say Gamboa conspired with others to inflate district state and federal accountability scores to acquire federal funding. She caused students to withdraw from school, improperly reclassified others and discouraged potential students from enrolling.

Gamboa is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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

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