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OKC Seniors At Risk of Not Graduating From Embattled High School
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- More problems at an embattled high school in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Public School District says an audit has revealed that 87 of the 107 seniors at Douglass Mid-High School need more credits or need to take additional state tests to graduate.
“The findings are disappointing, but we have a plan in place and we will do what it takes to support each student,” said Barbara Davis, Douglass Mid-High School Interim Principal.
The announcement comes after the former principal, Brian Staples, resigned following an investigation into allegations of wrong doing by the administration at Douglass. Critics of Staples accused him of changing grades to show improved performance and changing attendance records.
"Change that D and F, to C's," exclaimed Raynatta Shabazz, a concerned citizen, "that's what he told the teachers."
The district says it has developed a plan to address the needs of the students who are at risk of not having enough credits to graduate.
"We have instituted a new policy, new process, new procedures to ensure this never happens again," said Angela Monson, Chairperson of the OKCPS Board of Education.
Those options include changing the school’s master schedule, offering Saturday and night school, online courses, and including additional class time during winter and spring intersession.
“The OKCPS Board of Education has complete confidence in Mrs. Davis and her team at Douglass Mid-High School. We have empowered them along with Superintendent Karl Springer to take every necessary action to ensure our students’ success and graduation; which is our number one priority,” said Monson.
One of the biggest critics of the district and Douglass has been former administrator Marcia Muhammad. She says she told the district 3 years ago about the problems.
"When I saw what was going on, I started speaking up and I said this is ridiculous," said Muhammad, "we can't have our children going from classroom to cell block."
She was fired from Douglass and says her termination was a result of her speaking out against the former principal.
"The truth is gonna be told," said Monson, "I don't care how long it takes."
Staples’ resignation was effective earlier this month. As part of a deal with the district neither he, nor the district, admitted any wrong doing.
Posted: Thursday, November 29 2012, 09:51 PM CST
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Okla. grand jury returns new charges on ex-judge
May 23, 2013 23:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has returned new indictments against a former Lincoln County judge who already faces embezzlement and cattle theft charges.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday against 47-year-old Craig S. Key of Chandler.
Key turned himself in last month to Lincoln County authorities who set bond at $10,000.
One indictment accuses Key of harboring a fugitive by allegedly encouraging a client facing criminal charges in Lincoln and Jefferson counties to flee the state to avoid prosecution.
Another charges Key with five counts of delivery of a forged note and accuses him of forging the name of a woman whose signature was required on escrow account checks that Key was also required to sign.
Key's attorney, Cheryl Ramsey of Stillwater, says the additional indictments are no surprise.
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