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Timeline: Douglass Mid-High School

Here is a look at the key dates in the recent history of Douglass Mid-High School, part of Oklahoma City Public Schools.
Published: November 29, 2012
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/articleid/3733162/1/pictures/1896268">Photo - Angela Monson, chairwoman of the Oklahoma City School Board, speaks Thursday during a news conference about the grade scandal at Douglass Mid-High School. Douglass interim Principal Barbara Davis, left, and Oklahoma City Superintendent Karl Springer stand beside her. Photo by Carrie Coppernoll,  The Oklahoman
Angela Monson, chairwoman of the Oklahoma City School Board, speaks Thursday during a news conference about the grade scandal at Douglass Mid-High School. Douglass interim Principal Barbara Davis, left, and Oklahoma City Superintendent Karl Springer stand beside her. Photo by Carrie Coppernoll, The Oklahoman

• December 2011: Elijah Salaam Muhammad, who is Marcia Muhammad's son, is arrested in connection with the March 2010 parking lot attack on Staples. He is awaiting trial.

• June: Representatives of the NAACP file allegations against Staples with the Oklahoma City School Board. Staples is accused of rigging grades and attendance records.

• Oct. 3: District officials confirm that a complaint has been filed against Staples with the U.S. Department of Education. Local officials say their investigation will continue.

• Oct. 10: The district's Deputy Superintendent Sandra Park announces Staples is suspended with pay, though the investigation isn't complete.

• Oct. 11: Park asked the state Education Department to audit the transcripts of Douglass seniors.

• Oct. 24: Superintendent Karl Springer announces Staples would resign.

• Nov. 15: Staples' resignation goes into effect.

• Nov. 20: District and Douglass administrators construct a plan to help seniors graduate on time, through such strategies as after-school tutoring, Saturday school and online classes.

• Tuesday: The results of the transcript audit are revealed to Douglass faculty and staff.

• Thursday: District officials announce a state audit of Douglass student transcripts reveals only 20 out of 107 seniors are on track to graduate on time. Officials attribute the crisis to a breakdown in administrative procedures.

CARRIE COPPERNOLL, STAFF WRITER


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