Seventy-five percent of African-American male high school students in the Oklahoma City Public Schools district were suspended at least once in 2012.
Oklahoma City parents who want to put their child in a high-ranking public school will have to buy a home nearly double the price of one in the area of a lower-performing school.
Talk is cheap, and Robert Neu understands that.
For a child’s education to be complete, it must include the arts. Arts education — music, dance, visual arts and drama — prepare students for school, work and life.
The transformation of the state’s largest school district will have to be a community-wide effort.
For the majority of Oklahoma school districts, navigating the complicated world of 21st Century education can be a lonely experience.
School board member Bob Hammack calls new district program a waste of time.
Students saw an NBA superstar, the superintendent saw 1,200 new books for an underprivileged school and the principal was in tears.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish,” is a popular quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a French poet from the early 20th century.
Janet Barresi, Oklahoma’s outgoing state superintendent of public instruction, has become a model of what makes a political lightning rod.