On April 7, 2011, Mark Mendoza, then the EPISD director of pupil services, told the U.S Department of Education in an email about a case in which Dr. Chavez signature was forged on a letter placing the student into the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
wrote that state law requires that a hearing for parents and a due process chain take place.
In this case, the principal attested to the fact that a hearing took place and that the parents were present.
However, there was never a hearing.
The student was placed without due process, Mendoza
wrote in the email.
wrote that Upon further investigation, more than 30 cases were found in which the principals signature on letters documenting hearings was forged.
Dr. Jordan said Tuesday that if the allegations by Mendoza
are true, Bowie High School officials may have violated the law by falsifying government documents.
The Bowie principal and the school administration were found to have repeatedly denied enrollment to students who should have been enrolled, according to emails sent by Mendoza
to U.S. Department of Education
Mendoza forwarded the email on the following Monday, March 9, 2009 to then associate superintendent Damon Murphy.
on April 7, 2011, forwarded to the Department of Education two letters in Spanish written by students who, according to Mendoza
, were called in to the Principal of Bowies office and were told that since they had attendance issues, they should drop from school or face a 500 dollar fine in court.
The letters also document that, on the day these students were spoken to, other students at the school were called in for similar conversations.
interview with district internal auditors, Bowie Principal Chavez, when asked about training he
received when he
arrived to take the helm at Bowie, talked about the budget training and said, according to auditors, We were getting a ton of money.
Anyone could do whatever, like I have never seen.
So everyone buying whatever they needed, but no accountability.
said I get here and see things, like too many people doing POs.