HOUSTON - The former superintendent of an El Paso school district who was sent to prison in one of the country's worst education scandals has received an unexpected reward - a nearly one-year reduction in his prison term.

A recent decision by the federal Bureau of Prisons to take 11 months off the sentence of the former superintendent, Lorenzo Garcia, has angered educators, parents and lawmkaers in El Paso and has drawn attention to the obscure drug counseling program that has become a popular way for white-collar criminals to reduce their prison time.

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