Oklahoma City charter school accused of misconduct, faces termination

Harper Academy is accused of failing to provide a “safe and appropriate learning environment.”
by Tim Willert Published: December 17, 2013
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A charter school for high-risk students is accused of failing to provide a “safe and appropriate learning environment” and faces termination of its contract, The Oklahoman has learned.

Harper Academy, 1215 NE 34, is accused by Oklahoma City school district officials of failing to properly contract with and pay employees; failing to provide nutritional meals required by state law; failing to maintain accurate student records; failing to provide special education services; and failing to provide both occupancy and health permits, documents show.

Interim Oklahoma City Superintendent Dave Lopez, in a Nov. 25 email to Harper school board President Harvey Bethany, recommended terminating the school's contract on Feb. 24.

“The basis for my recommendation will be a failure to meet the standards of fiscal management, violations of the law, and other good cause,” Lopez wrote.

Bethany could not be reached for comment Monday. The Oklahoma City School Board will vote on whether to terminate Harper's contract. Charter school leaders have the right to a hearing before the board votes.

In October, Bethany disputed claims made by the school's former principal, who said she was fired by text because she raised concerns about security at the school, which is housed in a former nursing home.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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