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OKG Newsletter

Topic: education

School shakeup

An OKC school principal resigns amid allegations that he rigged student grades and attendance.


Jerry Bohnen
Embattled Douglass Mid-High School Principal Brian Staples resigned last week in the wake of a an Oklahoma City Public Schools investigation into allegations of grade-tampering and other misconduct.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Report-card reaction

Parents and educators mull over the state Education Department’s grades for OKC public schools.


Tim Farley
Surprise was not among the reactions administrators and parents showed when the state Department of Education last month released its grades for Oklahoma’s public schools.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A tale of email

Questions arise from emails unearthed by a school district investigation into a former high school principal.


Jerry Bohnen
Documents obtained from Oklahoma City Public Schools show that former Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School Principal Brian Staples changed failing grades of some students, as alleged by teachers he had fired. Emails written by Staples suggest he improved Ds and Fs to Cs because some teachers had not complied with grade reporting standards created at the high school. Douglass’ standards were different from district policy due to a federal education improvement program.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Douglass needs help

Letters to the Editor

James R. Johnson
I pause to write and acknowledge the mountain of disturbing news that is emanating from my beloved school, dear ole Douglass. In recent weeks, we have witnessed federal and local investigations of grade-tampering and attendance manipulations. We have heard an outcry from former students, teachers and administrators. We have seen the suspension and resignation of a principal who had been at the helm of Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School for the past four years
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

School daze

In the midst of scandal, an embattled OKC high school learns that 81 percent of its senior class is not on track to graduate next spring.


Jerry Bohnen
In the wake of scandal that has engulfed Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School, state officials found that 81 percent of its senior class does not meet the necessary criteria to graduate next spring. According to an audit conducted by the state Department of Education, 87 of 107 senior students need additional credits and/or state tests to graduate on time.
Friday, November 30, 2012

Hey, Legislature, nothing’s happening here!


Bill Bleakley
As Buffalo Springfield’s lyric of “There’s somethin’ happenin’ here” filled our ears in the ’60s, the downward spiral of public education in Oklahoma City began. Families with school-aged children began a mass exodus from the Oklahoma City Public Schools as the courts belatedly implemented the desegregation requirements of Brown v. Board of Education. They took their support for public education with them, enhancing suburban districts.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sober school

A unique program offers school for teens recovering from substance abuse.


Kent Anderson
In an unmarked building on an ordinary corner in northwest Oklahoma City, learning is taking place. Healing happens here, too.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

School pride


Gazette staff
What makes a college worthy of consideration? A good football team? Availability of copious amounts of booze? Or something as quaint as academic excellence?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The fallacy of test-driven school reform


John Thompson
There is a lot wrong with the Oklahoma City Public Schools, but the blame game is not a solution. OKCPS, largely made up of low-income students (88 percent), earned a D in the Oklahoma Department of Education A-F school grading system. But the state also earned a D for improving outcomes for low-performing students. To serve our children and help those who struggle, we must stop blaming individuals and address systemic problems that have stymied all urban school systems.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013