Keith Ballard -- School is more than learning your ABCs and how to solve equations. We know that learning how to think critically, work cooperatively and solve problems creatively are among the most important skills children need to be productive in a competitive global economy.
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.
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.
Tulsa Superintendent Keith Ballard and a growing number of state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are now calling into question the validity of the 2012-13 Oklahoma testing program for public school students. Oklahoma is one of multiple states affected by a rash of technical problems with CTB/McGraw-Hill's online testing system.
Angela Bagby's students in the autism classroom at Marshall Elementary School can't verbalize the answers to a spelling test or hold a pencil for more than a few minutes at a time because of sensory issues.
Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard said he is recommending a planning year with Harvard's EdLabs to assess whether the district wants to enter a school-turnaround partnership with the group in 2014-15.
Tulsa Public Schools officials were met with skepticism Monday night when they took a proposal for a school-turnaround partnership with a Harvard University-based education research and development laboratory to McLain Junior High and High School.
Organizers of youth and adult sports groups say they have paid thousands of dollars in recent years to play and practice at Tulsa Public Schools athletic facilities, but an administrative shake-up followed by a year-long FBI investigation has left them wondering where their money went.
Emails obtained through an Open Records Act request reveal new details about the Tulsa Public Schools athletic department scandal, which finally resulted in charges against former Athletic Director Stephanie Spring after a yearlong investigation by local and federal law enforcement.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi on Thursday called on the Legislature to halt the use of lottery proceeds as a source of state aid to public schools and to dedicate it instead to school technology needs.
A freshman lawmaker said Friday that the state's new school grading system isn't working and called for the involvement of data experts to help develop one that would produce reliable information that schools can use to guide improvement.