Duran said he didn't know the specific accusations against him until the report was released Monday afternoon. He said knowing the accusations will allow him to respond.
Duran said he repeatedly asked the district for guidance and training on attendance credit recovery. He said he has documents to support his requests.
"I came from a middle school. The only way students could recover those credits was summer school," Duran said. "I didn't know what the options were in high school."
During the audit, Duran said, the Weaver group presented him with a document that had his name on it, which would implicate him in wrongdoing. But he had never seen it before and it lacked his signature, he said.
"I don't like the allegations against me," Duran said. "I take it very seriously. I hope I get a chance to address it."
The audit said Loya, while he was principal at Irvin High School, "had been instructing facilitators to push students who were missing credits through to graduate."
The report continues that Loya had students write a two-paragraph essay to make up the missing credit.
Loya denied the accusations, saying they were a rehash of complaints last year when he was principal at Irvin. He said he was cleared in that investigation and was transferred to another campus at his request.
"These are things I've been investigated before on and they didn't have anything," Loya said. "The only thing is they added some things this time around to make it bigger. It's all the same findings from before. They just copied and pasted. Nowhere does it say that I did anything wrong. Now, they want to use that information to terminate me."
Woods and Ferret said that in the case of the attendance credit recovery process, the Weaver investigators confused attendance credit recovery and credit recovery related to the cheating scandal.
According to the district's policy, a student must attend school at least 90 percent of the year to receive course credit.
When a student's attendance rate drops below that percentage but remains at at least 75 percent of the class days, the student may earn credit for the class by completing a plan approved by the principal.
The policy does not dictate what the principal's plan should contain.
"There is no guidance on the form," Woods said. "And schools have different directives and different forms. It's a loose issue, and it affects every campus."
Woods added that despite the findings, he's glad he finally knows what he's accused of and wants to move forward and explain why certain things were done.
"Let's look at the policies and read them over together," Woods said. "Let's see what they say and what they don't say and figure how to interpret them together."
In response to the audit report, Ferret, said she, too, was relieved.
Ferret is accused of ordering teachers to accept students needing different classes in one classroom and providing grades in whichever course they needed.
"I've just received a copy of the Weaver report," Ferret said in a written statement Monday afternoon. "I am relieved that I will finally be able to respond to specific allegations in relation to me. The allegations and conclusions are based on incorrect information, reckless quotations, and flawed inferences. This is a gross mischaracterization of what actually occurred. I am looking forward to fully and completely responding to these matters. I am confident that a fair review will show that I have always acted ethically, in the best interest of El Paso High School students, and in accordance with district, state, and federal standards."
Tiger Hanner, an Austin lawyer representing Tanner and Bustillos, said he believed the Weaver audit was "ridiculous" and called it "garbage."
Tanner and Bustillos are accused of using an attendance credit recovery system that violated district policy and state law.
"They drudged up a bunch of garbage," Hanner said. "There is nothing that we see here that remotely constitutes reasons for termination and non-renewal. I think the citizens of El Paso ought to be outraged that the district spent almost a million dollars for this mess."
Weaver was hired by the district last year after the Texas Education Agency ordered the EPISD to hire an independent firm to investigate the cheating scandal that roiled the district.
The Austin company was the sole bidder on the contract, which originally called for payment of about $590,000. However, costs quickly escalated and the district wound up paying Weaver almost $800,000.
Several community leaders have criticized the district in recent days for the poor handling of the Weaver contract, and for the lack of information about why principals and assistant principals were being targeted for firing.
The Weaver report stated that a number of campus and central office administrators lost their way, leading to widespread failure in the district.
"We believe a number of otherwise ethical and honest educators made terrible decisions in the wake of cultural influences that they did not stand up against -- sometimes out of fear for their positions or educator certifications, and sometimes merely out of expedience or insecurity. Many district campuses operated on a standard of 'go along to get along.'
"The goal of graduating students, admirable on its surface, became little more than a numbers game, scarcely tied to true educational outcomes."
Reporter Aaron Bracamontes contributed to this story.
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