Teacher sues online Oklahoma school over firing

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A teacher is suing an online Oklahoma charter school, alleging she was fired after objecting to questionable enrollment practices.

The Oklahoman reports that Ryan Aispuro is the fourth teacher to sue Epic Charter Schools. One teacher dropped her suit last week.

In her lawsuit filed Tuesday, Aispuro says Epic pressured her to strictly enforce attendance and truancy standards on students with below-average academic ability but not on higher performing students. Aispuro said poor student performance would have negatively affected bonuses for her and those above her in Epic’s hierarchy.

Epic spokeswoman Shelly Hickman says the school is eager to present its case.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has alleged that Epic embezzled millions in state funds through a scheme to artificially inflate enrollment numbers. Epic denies wrongdoing.

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