TEA: Report is Case of Mistaken Idenitity

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AUSTIN (AP) - An internal report on contracting practices at the Texas Education Agency misquoted a woman saying she negotiated a pair of $100,000 contracts with a high-ranking official at the agency who is her friend.

A report from the agency's inspector general last week said the agency awarded a contract to the Region 12 Education Service Center
in Waco to study TEA hearings practices.

The service center then gave a $100,000 subcontract to Austin lawyer Emily Chick Miller to conduct the study.

According to the report, Miller told the inspector general's office that she negotiated the terms of the subcontract with education agency Deputy Commissioner Robert Scott, as well as a second contract after the first one ran out.

But Scott works for the statewide education agency based in Austin, not the Waco center that awarded the subcontract.

The report also cites Scott as disputing that account, and it draws no
clear conclusion about who is correct.

The deputy director of the Waco service center is named Rob Scott, and TEA spokeswoman Debbie Graves Ratcliffe said it appears he's the one who negotiated the contract with Miller.

Ratcliffe says she thinks it's a case of mistaken identity.