EDUCATION
11/26/2010 04:37 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Oklahoma Officials Debate Costly Teacher Firing Law

It cost Purcell Public Schools about $80,000 and the better half of a year to fire a teacher who was later charged with lewd acts with a child.

"We can't afford $80,000 every time we want to get rid of a teacher," Superintendent Tony Christian said. "That's a big portion of our budget, which is between $8 million and $10 million. That ends up being ... almost 1 percent."

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