Quote of the Day | September 30, 2019

“We can look at this data and see disparate outcomes for populations of color and wonder: Is the school failing? But really, there are systemic inequities that compound, that are impacting student achievement even outside of the four walls of a classroom.”

– Carlisha Bradley, the only African American member of the state Board of Education, on new state data showing that children of color have lower test scores than their white peers, even when the only apparent differentiating factor was the color of their skin or their ethnicity [The Oklahoman]


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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