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Langston Hughes Academy Put on Probation


Tulsa's Langston Hughes Academy is one of two sites put on probation by the State Board of Education.

The north Tulsa charter school will be under supervision by the Oklahoma State Department of Education for the 2018–2019 school year. It will also need to meet several stipulations put in place by the education board.

By Nov. 1, all teachers must have at least a bachelor's degree; teachers in math, science and English must possess current Oklahoma teaching certificates; the head of school must have a current administrative certificate issued by the state; and the special education teacher and staff must have current certifications in special education.

The State Department of Education reported a "lack of institutional control" at Langston Hughes Academy, including former Superintendent Rodney Clark once telling teachers over the intercom to change grades.

Education department investigators also discovered various discrepancies at the school between teachers’ records of grades, suspensions and attendance and what was reported to the state.