Posted: Jul 22, 2011 9:01 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Officials say two key officials of the state Department of Education have been fired amid controversy over charter schools in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Ollie Tyler, acting state superintendent of education, says Jacob Landry, who was director of the department's Office of Parental Options, and Folwell Dunbar, an academic adviser, were fired Thursday.
The Advocate reports Dunbur reportedly told colleagues last year that he was offered $25,000 to help "fix" problems uncovered by state officials at the New Orleans school.
The action came amid a growing investigation that now includes Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School in Baton Rouge, and Abramson Science and Technology Charter School in New Orleans.
The department is checking into allegations that Abramson was the site of sexual abuse and other problems.