Officials: “Lack of institutional control” at Oklahoma charter school

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TULSA, Okla. –  The Oklahoma State Department of Education reports that investigators found “a lack of institutional control” at a charter school in Tulsa, including the school superintendent once using the intercom to tell teachers to change grades.

The Tulsa World reports that a preliminary accreditation report for Langston Hughes Academy for Arts and Technology found discrepancies between teachers’ records of grade transcripts, suspensions and attendance and what was submitted to the state as required by law.

School Superintendent Rodney Clark, who was suspended in April amid allegations of grade tampering, has denied the allegations.

The school reports an enrollment of 178 students and is to graduate its first class next May.

The report recommends that the school be accredited for the coming year but be placed on probation.

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