Superintendent says Oklahoma City charter school fails academically, fiscally

A northeast Oklahoma City charter school has mismanaged money and failed to provide adequate academic progress to students, according to a letter from the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: April 17, 2013
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A northeast Oklahoma City charter school has mismanaged money and failed to provide adequate academic progress to students, a letter from the Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent states.

But an attorney for Marcus Garvey Leadership Charter School calls the allegations “without merit” and “discriminatory.”

Marcus Garvey officials will have a hearing with the Oklahoma City School Board, though a date has not been set.

Superintendent Karl Springer notified school Principal Kevin McPherson last month that he plans to ask the Oklahoma City School Board to terminate the charter school contract at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

“The cause for termination of the charter contract is MGLCS's poor academic performance as indicated by scores on state testing,” Springer wrote.

A majority of students failed the state math tests from 2008 to 2012, Springer wrote. Reading scores for 2012 declined compared to 2011.

The situation isn't likely to improve, he wrote.

“MGLCS has not demonstrated in the last several years that it is undertaking to make improvements in student performance either by adopting new programs or changes in leadership,” Springer said.

Also cited by Springer was an incident in which school administrators misspent about $74,000 in child nutrition funding. The school has had to repay the money, according to Springer's letter.



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