Vigil loses license

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By The Staff

From AP and Staff Reports

SANTA FE — The state Education Department has revoked the teaching license of Roberta Vigil, a former West Las Vegas school district bilingual program director accused of corruption.

State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia signed an order Aug. 13 yanking Vigil’s license.

At the revocation hearing earlier this year, Vigil was a no-show. Her attorney, Sam Bregman, said she had notified the state before the hearing that she was voluntarily relinquishing her license. State officials said she had not done so by the time the hearing was set to convene, so they proceeded with the hearing.

Vigil is accused of using taxpayer money as a slush fund for a plasma television, fancy furniture and a private party for 400 adults.

She also is accused of reporting false test scores to the state to boost the number of students labeled as English language learners and increase the amount of funding for the state.

Vigil is on trial in state district court in Santa Fe on charges including fraud over $20,000.