KIPP OKC has enrolled students regardless of their prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background.
As local schools lose teachers and arts programs due to budget issues, parent-teacher associations strive to raise funds.
“Our kids need us,” McDaniel said. “We owe it to our kids to give them a quality education.”
“This budget crisis is proof that we need to bring everyone together to work on long-term solutions for public schools,” Hime said.
KIPP hopes to establish a world-class elementary school in northeast Oklahoma City.
OKCPS considers partnering with charter schools to improve public education and asks community for feedback.
“I consider this to be the end of the educational river,” he recently told Oklahoma Gazette. “This is the sum total of where we don’t want the kids to end up.”
“That achievement gap starts to close and they get confidence in reading,” Barnes said. “That moves them forward in becoming stronger readers.”
Both candidates expressed concerns about growing class sizes and the statewide teacher shortage.
Through the help of community and school leaders, the Anita Martinez Mariachi Festival, Feb. 4-7, aspires to keep the music playing at OKCPS.