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Oklahoma City Public Schools leaders take initial steps toward educational equity

Oklahoma City Public Schools leaders take initial steps toward educational equity

Oklahoma City Public Schools leaders take initial steps toward educational equity.

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

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

Aaron Baker, Mid-Del teacher, at his home in Edmond, Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Baker wants all students to be safe and supports LGBT protections added to district policies.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Metro schools take steps to protect the rights of LGBTQ students

Many Oklahoma school districts don’t have protections in place and put students and staff at risk for discrimination.

Students eat lunch in the cafeteria at Eugene Field Elementary School, which has provided free and healthy breakfast and lunch to students through a federal program. (Cara Johnson)

OKC Public Schools enhance existing lunch and breakfast programs with support from a federal initiative

“No matter what the economic situation is for a student’s family, they don’t have to worry,” Ponce said last week as he visited the Eugene Field cafeteria. “It’s an unbelievable program.”

Principal Aspasia Carlson at John Marshall Mid-High, Friday, April 14, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

John Marshall Mid-High principal named Oklahoma Principal of the Year

Aspasia Carlson has tried to encourage attitudes and academic achievement during her time at the local high school.

Jason Pawley works on a mural at Eugene Field Elementary, Monday, March 20, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, Plaza District, local artists rally to return art to Eugene Field Elementary

“We wanted to come up with a model that could potentially be replicable in other schools as well as something that is sustainable for the long-term,” Karper said. “It is an opportunity for artists, but it also benefits students.”

Meg Wheeler, KIPP south administrator, talks about KIPP expanding to South Oklahoma City at Plaza Mayor, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

A local charter program plans to expand into south OKC

KIPP OKC South Community Prep opens for the 2017-18 school year and will add one grade level per year.

Tracy McDaniel, executive director, at KIPP OKC Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.  (Garett Fisbeck)

KIPP Reach celebrates 15 years of enriching students’ lives

The college preparatory middle school is gearing up to expand the KIPP model into a high school and elementary school.

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