Texas school board doesn't act on new chief

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 26 at 1:35 PM

DALLAS (AP) — In a surprise development, a Dallas-area school board adjourned without settling the future of a new superintendent who came from the Atlanta school system embroiled in controversy.

The controversy surrounding Kathy Augustine concerned allegations of widespread cheating on standardized tests.

The DeSoto board's agenda for Monday evening includes an item addressing her employment, including a "possible voluntary exit agreement." However, the board emerged from a two-hour executive session and adjourned without comment or taking any action on the issue.

Augustine was hired in April for the $188,000-a-year job in the suburb south of Dallas. However, the board placed her on paid administrative leave earlier this month while the school board re-examined her time in the Atlanta system. She has denied having knowledge of test cheating while deputy superintendent in Atlanta.

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