TPS to settle lawsuit filed by principal
BY ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The Tulsa school board agreed Monday
to settle a lawsuit that had been
filed by a school principal.
Raushan Ashanti-Alexander, who
was last assigned as the principal of a
new alternative school called the Tulsa
Academic Center, is tendering his resignation
as part of the agreement.
Tulsa Public Schools will pay Ashanti-
Alexander the remainder of his salary,
as well as benefits, through the end
of the 2007-08 academic year, plus
$130,000, including his attorney’s fees.
An additional $18,000 will be paid to
the Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement
System to improve Ashanti-Alexander’s
The Tulsa World obtained a copy of
the agreement through an open records
request after the school board’s
special meeting Monday evening.
According to the document, TPS admitted
no liability or wrongdoing in the
case and both Ashanti-Alexander and
district officials agreed not to disparage
the other “publicly or privately.”
The principal originally filed suit
against TPS last April, claiming that the
district had reported inaccurate test
scores that “understated the progress
and scores” of students at Madison
Middle School, where Ashanti-Alexander
had been principal for many years.
He also claimed that he was reassigned
to another position in the district
as retaliation for reporting the matter
to internal and external sources.
Phone calls seeking comment at
Ashanti-Alexander’s residence went
unanswered Monday evening.
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