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Teachers union leader wants school board member ousted during OCCC scandal

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- The head of a local teacher’s union is calling for an Oklahoma City School Board member to step down.

That’s because of her connection to a criminal fraud investigation at Oklahoma City Community College. The allegations involve changing grades and even enrollment information at OCCC.

It all happened allegedly under the supervision of Department head Gloria Torres.

She also sits on the Oklahoma City School Board.

While criminal charges have not been filed at this point, the teacher’s union says just the allegations against Torres are enough to taint the board’s integrity ahead of a big bond election in November.

Union leader Ed Allen voiced concerns about Gloria Torres at the school board meeting earlier this week.

He says those concerns got brushed aside.“I guess the district is saying there’s nothing we can do until she’s convicted,” Allen said.

The department Torres supervises at OCCC is at the center of a police investigation involving altering grades and inflating enrollment numbers, which would lead to more funding from grants.

Police are now poring through records saved on seven computers seized from the department.

We couldn’t reach Torres at OCCC Thursday, so we went to her house. A woman who answered the door said Torres wasn’t home.

Under law, a school board member can only be removed if they resign or they’re convicted on a felony charge.

Allen says Torres should leave her post at Oklahoma City Public Schools

“Why we would want a crook our school board, I don’t know,” Allen said.

A spokesperson for the district would not talk with NewsChannel 4 about this story, and our calls to the board chair were not returned by the time our story aired.

Torres was appointed to the board in 2014 and won re-election, so she has her seat until 2019.

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