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Councilman wants city to take over OKC schools: Oklahoma City Public Schools could start down the path to improvement by converting to a charter district sponsored by the city of Oklahoma City, a city councilman says. “The Oklahoma City public school system is faced with so many challenges right now that the traditional way of operating and providing education is just not working very well,” Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell said in remarks to the council last week. A sense of turmoil surrounds Oklahoma City Public Schools as the district looks for a new superintendent for the second time in two years. [NewsOK]
Uncertainty abounds as DACA deadline looms: In the nearly six months since the Trump administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Brisa Ledezma, a sixth-grade teacher at Santa Fe South in Oklahoma City, has put some life decisions on hold. She’s held off pursuing graduate school and saving for retirement. She has visited Washington, D.C., to talk to lawmakers and share her story. And she has watched the news anxiously, feeling tired and overwhelmed, hoping for a positive resolution. [NewsOK] In Oklahoma, there are about 6,000 people protected under the DACA policy. An 18-year-old high school student DACA recipient spoek to StateImpact about what these past six months of uncertainty have been like [StateImpact Oklahoma].
‘This is not OK’: Cuts are hitting all aspects of public education: Miami Public Schools in Ottawa County serves about 2,500 K-12 students in seven schools. This year, four school librarian positions were eliminated, leaving the district without a single librarian. In Newkirk, there is no librarian and no speech or drama classes. In Edmond, elementary school students no longer learn Spanish. In Agra, the band program has been eliminated and there are 45 students in a choir class. In Tulsa, the PTA and school foundations are covering teacher salaries with private funds at several schools. There are no security officers employed in any of Oklahoma City’s elementary schools. These are just a few of dozens of stories I heard recently when I asked members of a Facebook education group to share examples of how their schools or their children’s schools have been affected by budget cuts in recent years [OK Policy]. See the infographic of Oklahoma’s education cuts here.
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