Former Douglass High School administrator files for Oklahoma City School Board

A former Oklahoma City Public Schools administrator is running for school board chairwoman. Marcia Muhammad was fired two years ago and has led the charge to oust former Douglass High School Principal Brian Staples, who resigned last month.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: December 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012
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Muhammad was hired to work as the assistant principal of Northeast Academy in 2004 and then was transferred to Douglass High School in 2008. The Douglass principal, Brian Staples, objected to her transfer to his school after working with her previously at Northeast Academy.

In 2010, Muhammad was put on administrative leave. Shortly after, Staples was attacked in the school parking lot.

Staples recommended to the school board in June 2011 she be fired for disobedience, and she was.

Last year, Muhammad's son was arrested in connection with the attack on Staples. Controversy at Douglass did not end when Muhammad was fired, and Muhammad didn't disappear from the scene.

In June, the NAACP accused Staples of altering grades and attendance records, and an investigation followed.

Muhammad was among those leading the charge for Staples to be fired, and she and others protested outside the school for weeks. She filed a complaint against Staples with the U.S. Department of Education.

Staples resigned last month.

As district officials investigated the allegations against Staples, they requested an audit of Douglass seniors' transcripts by the state Education Department. Only 20 of 107 seniors were found to be on track to graduate in May, according to the audit findings.

Muhammad is calling for Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer to be fired. But first, she said, she wants to defeat Monson for the chairwoman seat.

“We know our children aren't being educated,” she said. “I'm fighting for them to have an education.”