Oklahoma City Panel Considers Dismissal of Superintendent
John Porter vows to fight, seven months after starting his job.
After just seven months under a new superintendent, the Oklahoma City schools have been tossed into turmoil as school board members weigh whether to fire John Q. Porter, whom they hired unanimously for the post last spring.
Mr. Porter, a former deputy superintendent in charge of technology for the Montgomery County, Md., schools, is facing allegations that include improper billing of the Oklahoma district for some expenses, as well as complaints that he treated some district employees brusquely.
The school board is likely to vote Feb. 6 on whether to fire Mr. Porter, who has been suspended with pay since Jan. 11. The board voted 6-1 for the suspension after voting at a Jan. 7 meeting—later ruled in violation of the state’s open-meetings law by the local district attorney—to approve a report that outlines...
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