Quote of the Day 8/21/2016

“We’re working with kids with self-esteem issues. We’re working with kids with behavioral issues. We’re working with kids that may be sleeping on the floor and don’t get a good night’s sleep and they need to come to school. I hope I give them hope. I hope that this is a safe place. I want them to know we’re here and we’re the one constant in their life.”

-Alma Pearson, a social worker at Shidler Elementary School, one of the Oklahoma City schools trying to take a different approach to school discipline to reduce very high suspension rates (Source).


Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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