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Oklahoma City Ward 2 Councilman, Ed Shadid, during the recent debate concerning panhandleing, 12-8-15, at City Hall in Downtown OKC.  (Mark Hancock)

As the Oklahoma City Council prepares sales tax and bond propositions, conversations continue about how best to spend the funds

As the Oklahoma City Council prepares sales tax and bond propositions, conversations continue about how best to spend the funds

Some want the money to fund infrastructure improvements, and others believe the money should go to schools.

Drummer rehearse at Capitol Hill High School, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Voters weigh $180 million bond package for OKC schools

Read more Oklahoma Gazette election coverage here and here. As Maintain OKC Schools coalition sees it, the $180 million proposed bond package calling for major facility improvements to the state’s largest school district is a straightforward decision. “It is about taking care of what we already have,” said Roy Williams, a member of the steering


Commentary: Difficult changes needed

Fifteen years ago, the MAPS for Kids Student Achievement Committee was shocked to learn that 10 percent of Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) students needed in- or outside-school alternative services and the district needed an additional 1,205 alternative school slots. MAPS promised “Rolls-Royce quality” alternative schools so troubled students didn’t repeatedly disrupt classroom instruction merely

School choice is the answer

You say these schools serve intense concentrations of poverty and trauma. A primary cause of such concentrations of poverty and trauma has been our public city schools. That is what happens when generation after generation of caring parents escape to the suburbs as fast as possible because well-intentioned liberals like yourself refuse them the choice

Who our schoolchildren need

Since most of us in Oklahoma City are no doubt disgusted with the generally dismal performance of our school district, our inclination may be to conclude that our votes make little difference. Hopefully, however, they might make a difference for thousands of young people grossly underserved with the education provided to them by the district.

Up with young people

Credit: Brad Gregg So it’s notable that teens in the metro are taking an active role to ease the stress of high school. America’s Promise Alliance recently designated Oklahoma City on its annual 100 Best Communities for Young People list based on the city’s work to increase high school graduation rates, reduce dropouts and cultivate

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