Oklahoma City Public Schools

Oklahoma Watch
1:29 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

High Suspension Rates Of Black Oklahoma City Students Starts In Elementary School

Thelma R. Parks Elementary School in Northeast Oklahoma City, which had the highest overall suspension rate in Oklahoma City at 42.1 percent.
Jacob McCleland KGOU

The higher number of black student suspensions starts at an early age in Oklahoma City, where 12 elementary schools suspended more than 40 percent of their black students in 2011-2012.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education show black students in elementary schools are consistently suspended at higher rates than their white peers in Oklahoma City.

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Education
7:51 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Wants To Revamp District's Discipline Code

Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Rob Neu addresses reporters during a Tuesday news conference.
Oklahoma Watch YouTube

Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Rob Neu said Tuesday the district is revisiting its code of conduct, and if kids aren’t threatening the safety of others they need to stay in school.

During a press conference, Neu told reporters he also wants the district to get better at intervening before problems get out of hand. He also emphasized that connecting with the student, parents, and community is vital to the solution.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:02 am
Tue April 21, 2015

District Audit Details Racial Discrepancy In Oklahoma City Schools Suspensions

Taft Middle School officials have suspended more than half the school's black students so far this school year.
Victor Henderson Oklahoma Watch

With two months still left in the school year, administrators at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City have already suspended more than half of their black students.

At Capitol Hill High School, the average length of a suspension is nearly 12 days, or more than two weeks of missed class time. Capitol Hill officials also told several parents that re-enrolling their children was a “waste of time” because of the re-enrollment date.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:45 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Oklahoma City School Board Learns Of Tax Plan After Council Vote

The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education.
Credit Oklahoma City Public Schools

Oklahoma City Public Schools board members say they learned about a city plan to extend the period for redirecting downtown tax revenue away from schools and other purposes only after the City Council voted to go ahead with evaluating the plan.

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Sports
7:53 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Judge Halts Oklahoma High School Football Semifinal Pending Protest

A screen capture from the Nov. 28 Douglass-Locust Grove high school football playoff game that ended in controversy.
NewsOK.com YouTube

An Oklahoma judge says a high school football semifinal will not be played Friday so he can consider whether a team that lost in the quarterfinals is entitled to a replay.

Locust Grove's Class 3A semifinal against Heritage Hall was postponed until next week at the earliest. The Oklahoman's Scott Wright reports a hearing on the injunction will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:02 am
Mon October 27, 2014

The Turnaround Challenge For Oklahoma City Public Schools

(L-R) Oklahoma Watch executive editor David Fritze, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu, and Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora
Oklahoma Watch

By any measure, Oklahoma City Public Schools is struggling.

Many schools are underperforming. Thousands of students are falling short in reading or math. Teachers are stressed and say they are underpaid, leading to constant turnover.

Superintendent Rob Neu and Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora spoke to those issues and others at an “Oklahoma Watch-Out” community forum Sept. 30 near downtown Oklahoma City.

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Education
10:52 am
Sun September 28, 2014

OKC Superintendent, Associate To Appear At Public Forum

Rob Neu, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent
Credit Oklahoma City Public Schools

The public will get a chance to question new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu about his policies and goals for the district during a public forum on education Tuesday.

Neu is in his third month as Oklahoma City’s superintendent, but has already drawn attention with plans to increase teacher pay, implement more technology in the classroom and enact a student-loan forgiveness program for University of Central Oklahoma students who teach in the district for three years. He and new Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora, who will also appear at the forum, have said they wish to provide more support to principals and teachers and strengthen the curriculum.

The forum, organized by non-profit investigate news organization Oklahoma Watch, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kamps 1910 Café, 10 NE 10th St., in Oklahoma City.

Neu, who was hired to replaced interim Superintendent Dave Lopez in July, previously was superintendent for Federal Way Public Schools near Seattle.

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OneSix8
10:03 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Central Oklahoma’s Back-To-School Activities

Credit Woodley Wonder Works / Flickr Creative Commons

Summer break is coming to a close, and central Oklahoma has some back-to-school events for you.

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Health
1:31 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Oklahoma City Schools Offer Immunization Clinics Before Start Of School Year

Credit NHSE / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma City Public Schools says it will offer mobile immunization clinics at selected schools ahead of the upcoming academic year.

The school is partnering with the Oklahoma Caring Foundation and Oklahoma City-County Health Department to bring Caring Van clinics to designated sites to promote immunizations. The vans will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the schools' parking lots on certain days.

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Oklahoma Watch
10:27 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Oklahoma City Teachers Averaged 11 Missed Days of Work

Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on important public-policy issues facing the state. More Oklahoma Watch content can be found at www.oklahomawatch.org

Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers missed an average of 11 days of class in 2012-2013, matching the national average, according to a national report on teacher absenteeism released Tuesday.

The National Council on Teacher Quality looked at teacher absenteeism rates in the largest district in each of the 40 biggest metropolitan areas. The organization advocates for reforms that would improve teacher quality.

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