CORRECTION: The original version of this story from Oklahoma Watch incorrectly stated that Putnam City Public Schools requires all freshman boys and girls at its three high schools who don't opt out to attend health forums about abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases. The health forums are held only at Putnam City North High School.
After briefly posting the grades for all of Oklahoma's public schools Nov. 6, the state Dept. of Education has released the grades for all of Oklahoma's schools. Critics of the system say it is superficial and needs more work.
The state Education Department released report cards for every public school district in Oklahoma on Friday. Oklahoma City Public Schools, as previously reported, received a grade of F. District schools had 39 Fs and 20 Ds on their report cards.
The Oklahoma City Public Schools has a new superintendent, at least temporarily. The school board voted unanimously this morning to hire Dave Lopez as the interim superintendent for the state's largest school district.
His salary was set at $160,000. Lopez is currently Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce and worked as a telephone company executive before entering public service.
The superintendent of Oklahoma's largest public school district says he will retire Aug. 30.
Karl Springer has led the Oklahoma City Public School District for five years. He said in a statement Monday that it was an honor to "serve as the lead teacher" in the district.
Springer is a retired Army colonel and was superintendent of the Mustang district for eight years before moving to the Oklahoma City school system. He was also in education for more than two decades before working at Mustang.