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(Photo: Mark Hancock / Illustration: Christopher Street)

Cover Story: Mariachi festival helps keep the music playing at OKC schools

Through the help of community and school leaders, the Anita Martinez Mariachi Festival, Feb. 4-7, aspires to keep the music playing at OKCPS.

Ms. Killy Higham teaches a lesson to her first grade class at Shidler Elementary in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Suspension rates fall at OKC schools, but are core discipline, safety and education concerns being addressed?

“It’s about trust and relationships between me, the teachers and the students,” Principal Ayala concluded. “That’s what makes this work.”

Letters to the Editor: July 29, 2015

Oklahoma Gazette provides an open forum for the discussion of all points of view in its Letters to the Editor section. The Gazette reserves the right to edit letters for length and clarity. Letters can be mailed, faxed, emailed to jchancellor@okgazette.com or sent online at okgazette.com. Include a city of residence and contact number for


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

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