Oklahoma City Public Schools, a 45,000-student school district that is the largest in the state, is struggling to recruit and retain teachers because of low salaries and multiple challenges that include teaching in a district with high poverty, low parent involvement and a lack of educated role models for young people, school and union officials said.
A girl who sued Oklahoma City Public Schools after she became trapped under an elevator in November 2011 at the Classen School of Advanced Studies has agreed to a $50,000 settlement with the state’s largest school district, court records show.
Editorial -- IN the end, there was no buyout, no news conference and no messy public feud. Karl Springer’s announcement Monday night that he would retire after five years as superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools was strikingly low key.
During the Oklahoma City Public School District regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Karl Springer announced his plans to retire on August 30, 2013. Springer has served as superintendent of the state’s largest school district since July of 2008.
Editorial -- Perhaps Oklahoma City School Board members knew exactly what they were doing when unanimously denying transfers into Classen School of Advanced Studies, one of the state’s premier high schools. In doing so, the members declared — at the administration’s urging — that out-of-district students will no longer be welcome at Classen. Students already at the school who live outside the district’s borders won’t be asked to leave.
One of the three teenage girls who became trapped under an elevator at the Classen School for Advanced Studies claims the November 2011 incident left her disfigured and in need of continuing medical treatment.
Editorial -- ALL over the Oklahoma City metropolitan area in the past few years, voters have consented to school bond issues. Already this year, voters in Edmond and Putnam City approved bond issues for land, construction and technology. That’s no surprise.
Editorial -- FOR years, KIPP Reach College Preparatory in Oklahoma City has been one of Oklahoma’s best schools while serving low-income students from the urban core. A new study of Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools nationwide shows KIPP Reach is not an anomaly.