Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency announced the appointment of a seven-member Board of Managers and a new superintendent to oversee the operations of the La Joya Independent School District (LJISD). This decision is the result of a TEA investigation that substantiated allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest executed by members of the elected LJISD Board of Trustees.
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa released the following statement:
“There is nothing more important to our communities, our families, and the future of our children than a strong public school system. Our dedicated La Joya ISD teachers and staff work tirelessly and do an excellent job preparing our students for success. However, for years we have seen certain board members make decisions that prioritize their own interest to enrich themselves at the expense of our children and taxpayers. Real culture and systemic changes start at the top to ensure they trickle down. While some board members were elected to do the right thing for the school district, they were not enough to overcome the majority and vote in favor of making the necessary changes. TEA determined that a fresh start was the best course of action for our students. I welcome the newly appointed board members who have accepted to serve. I look forward to their leadership in providing proper oversight and correct the mismanagement and unethical practices that have plagued the district for many years. The culture of corruption must end.”