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    I know there is a thread for OKC Public Schools Perception, but I didn't see any thread for OKC Public Schools in general, so there should be a thread for updates and such.

    'Traveling teachers' are commonplace at southside OKC schools | News OK

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    Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, school district leaders unveil online survey to gauge state of Oklahoma City Public Schools | News OK

    The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber wants to know what you think about Oklahoma City Public Schools and has enlisted the help of some influential partners to make that happen.

    Chamber and school district officials along with representatives from Oklahoma City and several community organizations gathered Tuesday inside Horace Mann Elementary to publicize the launch of a comprehensive online survey that will be used to shape education reform.

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    There seems to be a lot of spinning and half-truths floating around about how we are funding public education in this state. Falin is claiming she has increased education funding, while others claim the opposite. Is there anywhere to look for fact checking on this?

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    There is this
    http://www.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.s...AL%20TAD_0.pdf
    Not sure how accurate but I think it would be the "official" document.

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    Also not sure how helpful this is but you can try
    School Finance | Oklahoma State Department of Education

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    Oklahoma City Public Schools will spend $1 million to put carbon monoxide detectors in every building, classroom

    Oklahoma City Public Schools will spend $1 million to equip every building and classroom in the district with carbon monoxide detectors, officials said Friday.

    In November, a gas leak sent three Lee Elementary students and three staff members to local hospitals after people began complaining of dizziness, nausea and stinging eyes. All were treated and released.

    Oklahoma Natural Gas and Oklahoma City Fire Department officials confirmed the presence of carbon monoxide.

    The school in southwest Oklahoma City was evacuated and closed for a day so workers could replace a newly installed rooftop heating unit responsible for the leak.

    In the days after the leak, officials outlined plans to put detectors in each of the district’s 2,500 classrooms.

    - Oklahoma City Public Schools will spend $1 million to put carbon monoxide detectors in every building, classroom | News OK
    A shame it takes injury or even casualty to get things done... got to love politics!

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    Good news for the OKCPS along with the Capitol Hill Library.

    Tax district funds to aid Oklahoma City schools and library | News OK

    The downtown tax increment finance district, which has typically been used to assist private developments, is set to help the Oklahoma City Public Schools district create a new administrative headquarters and a clinic at Emerson High School, and provide a long-needed modernization of the Capitol Hill Library.

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    New superintendent

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The state's largest school district recently named Robert Neu as superintendent.
    Thursday, Neu toured the district and had the opportunity to speak with students, faculty and staff. Already, the new superintendent is ready to take on some major challenges facing Oklahoma City Public Schools.

    The super seniors at U.S. Grant High School served as the first official welcome for Neu and his wife, Kelly. The students cheered and wished him well.

    Neu applauded the group's achievements and said he would work to raise student achievement and make student ready for success in a more global world. He said the focus would have to start with the lowest achievers and boosting their performance with the hope for a trickle-up effect.

    "We really have to focus on the most struggling learners and we've got to lift them up. We have to," said Neu. "We've got to know our kids. Our kids have to be attached to an adult in the system."

    Neu inherits a district with glaring obstacles. Last year the Oklahoma Department of Education gave Oklahoma City an "F" for the annual grade. Neu said grading systems like the one in Oklahoma come with positives and negatives. He said he was encouraged by the use of student performance improvement as a factor, but added the letter grades do not represent the bigger picture.

    - New OKCPS Superintendent Addresses New Challenges, Plans - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

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    Waiting to hear what Janet Baressi has to say about Mr. Neu, if anything.

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    Four OKCPS High Schools made the top 10 Oklahoma High Schools. Including spots 1 & 2.

    Top Oklahoma High Schools | Best High Schools | US News - US News


    Tell me more about how, "Living in town is great for all the 20-somethings, but once you have kids they'll all move to Edmond because OKC schools are THE WORST."

    Interesting P.S: Note the lack of Tulsa High Schools on the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorTaco View Post
    Interesting P.S: Note the lack of Tulsa High Schools on the list.
    Booker T. Washington is on the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmperry View Post
    Booker T. Washington is on the list.


    D'oh!

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    Northwest Classen and Southeast HS's both received Bronze awards and while Tulsa public schools didn't have any in that category.

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    Somehow, I just assumed that Jenks would be on that list.

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    I'd say the 39% Math Proficiency and 38 College Preparedness Index dropped them out of contention. Size isn't everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Cotter View Post
    I'd say the 39% Math Proficiency and 38 College Preparedness Index dropped them out of contention. Size isn't everything.
    Yeah, but I figured that the way Tulsa juggled the books for them to be a sports powerhouse, they'd also try to make sure they were an academic powerhouse, too.

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    Good news for teachers at the new John Rex Elementary.

    http://www.oklahoman.com/article/4745073?embargo=1

    They have yet to be hired, but first-year teachers who go to work for Oklahoma City’s new downtown charter school will make considerably more than their counterparts statewide.
    John Rex Charter Elementary School board members voted recently to pay newly minted teachers with a bachelor’s degree $40,000 in salary annually — 20 percent more than teachers in surrounding districts earn, and nearly 27 percent more than the state minimum salary for teachers with no prior experience.

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    Adding some wonderful portable trailers

    Oklahoma City Public Schools is going to spend more than $900,000 on portable classrooms to help ease overcrowding at six elementary schools, including five on the district’s south side.

    The school board Monday approved a contract with Palomar Modular Buildings and Structures of DeSoto, Texas, to buy six portables — one each for Westwood, Southern Hills, Prairie Queen, Linwood, Adams and Lee elementary schools.

    The $924,000 price tag will include delivery and installation of the buildings, which are expected to be in place by Aug. 4 for the start of a new school year.

    - OKC School Board approves portable classrooms for overcrowded elementary schools | News OK

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    I hate portables. Always looks like they have a trailer park behind the school.

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    It's a poor EducatorTeacher who blames his or her tools.
    (well . . . ain't it?) =)

    It's a rich EducatorTeacher who blames:
    1) the parents
    2) sub-par Ritalin
    3) the administration
    4) the paperwork
    5) all of the above
    6) all of the above plus:
    Essay Question: .........................................
    (for extra credit)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    It's a poor EducatorTeacher who blames his or her tools.
    (well . . . ain't it?) =)

    It's a rich EducatorTeacher who blames:
    1) the parents
    2) sub-par Ritalin
    3) the administration
    4) the paperwork
    5) all of the above
    6) all of the above plus:
    Essay Question: .........................................
    (for extra credit)
    everything tends to blame to everything else, doesn't it?

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