Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard has recommended that McLain seventh-graders be moved to the old Alcott Elementary School building next year to free up space at McLain Junior High and High School.
First responders - police, firefighters, ambulance techs, emergency relief personnel and National Guard members - performed in Monday's horrifying tornado in Moore as we in Oklahoma have come to expect. They displayed professionalism, discipline, compassion and a willingness to go the extra mile. These helpers are often referred to as heroes, and deservedly so. But a new set of heroes emerged in the immediate wake of Monday's deadly storm - teachers.
Just four days after a deadly tornado ripped apart Plaza Towers Elementary School, the school community gathered for a tearful reunion. Moore Public Schools sites that were spared by the storm reopened for a few hours Thursday morning so teachers and students could say their farewells and Eastlake Elementary served as host to Plaza Towers' educators and patrons.
Neither Broken Arrow or Jenks schools have underground shelters for students in the event of a tornado, but both districts have taken measures to keep children as safe as possible. Both districts have built new schools in recent years.
Storm shelters in schools may be as rare as they are in any other public buildings, but experts in emergency preparedness and construction engineering say more can be done to protect vulnerable schoolchildren. The National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University, which leads the nation in wind research, is sending multiple teams to survey the damage from the EF5 tornado that killed 24 people in Moore.
Editorial -- The state House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would revise the controversial law that assigns A-F grades to local schools and school districts. Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, author of House Bill 1658, which passed the House by a vote of 55-36, believes the measure will more fairly and accurately reflect schools' year-to-year performance.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education is investigating Jenks Public Schools apparently to see if its parent-led movement to opt students out of "field tests" was instigated or encouraged by district employees, the Tulsa World has learned.
Legislation will be heard next week that would keep from taking effect next year nationwide academic standards that were approved three years ago by lawmakers and then adopted by the state Board of Education, House Speaker T.W. Shannon said Thursday. House Bill 1719 would repeal the 2010 law requiring the common core curriculum from being implemented by local school districts.
Tulsa voters Tuesday proved their stalwart support of 42,000 students by passing a much-needed $38 million safety and technology bond issue by 67.4 percent. That's the good news. The bad news is that only 13,632 voters eligible voters bothered to show up at the polls.
Students from other states and countries would be accepted at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math under legislation advanced through a House committee Wednesday.
Senate Bill 1131 by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, would allow nonresidents to constitute as much as 10 percent of the enrollment at the state-owned boarding school.
Voters in the Tulsa Public Schools district overwhelmingly approved a $38 million bond issue Tuesday that will provide teachers with modern instructional technology and students with up-to-date computers.