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Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City Public Schools
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Rob Neu
Graduation rate:82.4%[1]
Number of schools:85
Budget: $499 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lynne Hardin
Board members:8
Term length:4
Oklahoma City Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma. It was the largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 42,989 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2] The district experienced a 2.7 percent increase in enrollment between 2006 and 2010. Graduation rates at district high school improved from 71.9 percent in 2008-2009 to 82.4 percent in 2011-2012.[1]

About the district

Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Okla.
Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County in central Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is the county seat as well as the capital of Oklahoma. The county was home to an estimated 755,245 residents in 2013 according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Oklahoma County outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.3 percent of its residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.2 percent for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in the county was $45,082 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Oklahoma County was 17.8 percent compared to 16.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Oklahoma
County (%)
Oklahoma (%)
White 71.7 75.4
Black or African American 15.8 7.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 4.2 9.0
Asian 3.2 2.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 5.1 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 16.0 9.6

Oklahoma County Party Affiliation[4]
Year Democratic Republican Independent
2014 156,463 171,222 55,054
2013 168,098 180,350 58,358
2012 168,098 180,350 58,358
2011 169,203 175,912 54,595
2010 168,645 169,928 51,008

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Rob Neu is the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.[6]

He was preceded by Dave Lopez who served as the interim superintendent starting February 3, 2014. Lopez previously served for two years as the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce.[7]

School board

The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education consists of eight members elected to four-year terms. Seven members are elected by district with an eighth member elected by the entire district to chair the board. Members receive $25 per meeting with a maximum monthly stipend of $100.[8]

Oklahoma City Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Lynne Hardin Chair 2017
Bob Hammack 1 2017
Justin Ellis 2 2017
Phil Horning 3 2016
Laura Massenat 4 2016
Ruth Veales 5 2018
Gloria Torres 6 2019
Ron Millican 7 2018

School board elections

See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the board of education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on February 11, 2014. One seat was scheduled for election on February 10, 2015, but the election was canceled due to a lack of opposition. Two seats are up for election in 2016, and three seats will be on the ballot in 2017.[8]

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:

The Board will consider allowing individuals to address the Board during this "Public Comments" section of the agenda, if any request permission to do so.

Public comments will be heard only during the designated Public Comments portion of the Agenda at all regularly scheduled meetings of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education (hereafter referred to as "Board").

Public Comments shall not be heard at emergency meetings of the Board.

Citizens of the district, including delegations or individuals, have the right, and are encouraged, to attend meetings of the Board and to listen to and observe its deliberations. In the interest of orderly conduct of Board meetings, spontaneous discussion from the floor shall be discouraged. The individual dignity of Board members and school district employees shall be respected; accordingly, neither Board members nor employees shall be subjected to abuse through these proceedings.

Citizens are requested to seek resolution of specific problems at the school site or most appropriate central office level. Persons are encouraged to write to the Board or the superintendent with general questions, concerns, suggestions or to obtain information about the district. Each person will receive notice of the receipt of his or her written correspondence, which may include a response.

In order to maintain open lines of communication, the Board provides time for citizen comments during regular monthly business meetings.

Individuals who wish to speak at a Board meeting are required to complete a Public Comments Sign-up Form before the Board meeting convenes.

An Oklahoma City Public Schools staff member will be at a table in the foyer outside the meeting auditorium with Public Comment Sign-up Forms between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting. This is the only time forms may be submitted to request to make public comments at Board meetings.

Any person who is a resident, employee, or an official representative of a recognized group or organization of this school district may address the Board. Delegations who wish to address the Board are encouraged to select a representative spokesperson. The first hearing period is for a maximum of thirty minutes and will be used to address concerns regarding matters that are on the Board’s Agenda for that particular meeting. An additional thirty minutes will be allotted, at the end of each meeting, in order to give citizens the opportunity to address non-agenda items. Unless otherwise provided for, Public Comments will only be allowed during periods specifically allotted for that purpose.

All persons who speak at Board meetings are to meet all provisions of this policy. School board policies, state law and federal law have established separate and distinct procedures and forums for collective bargaining issues, and for the resolution of employee grievances, employee complaints, employee suspensions and terminations, complaints against individual employees, pupil suspensions and appeals, political campaigns, and litigation. To avoid circumvention of those separate proceedings and ensure fairness to all parties concerned, no person will be allowed to speak regarding the following: (1) an issue subject to collective bargaining; (2) an issue in a pending lawsuit, complaint or investigation filed with an outside agency, wherein the school district, employee(s) or the Board is party; (3) a pending grievance; (4) pending employee complaint filed with the school district or an outside agency; (5) complaint against individual employee(s); (6) employee disciplinary action, suspension, or termination; or (7) pupil suspension or appeal which may ultimately reach the Board of Education. Additionally, no person who has publicly announced or filed as a candidate for public office may speak during this session. All meetings of the Board of Education shall be open to the public, and any regular meeting shall include an opportunity for the public to address the Board. Presentations under “Public Comments” are limited to three (3) minutes. Where several people wish to address the same subject, a spokesperson must be selected. The Board Chairman may interrupt and terminate any presentation that is not in accordance with any of these criteria.

Board members may not respond to speakers’ comments. The superintendent is expected to provide a written response to the speaker and to inform Board members of the response.


—Oklahoma City Public Schools website, (2014), [8]


The table below displays the budget for Oklahoma City Public Schools:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $271,502,500 51.4% $47,362,000 9% $142,009,000 26.9% $0 0% $67,192,000 12.7% $528,065,500
2014-2015 $273,601,726 54.8% $68,090,090 13.6% $144,854,000 29% $0 0% $12,463,066 2.5% $499,008,882
Averages: $272,552,113 53% $57,726,045 11% $143,431,500 28% $0 0% $39,827,533 8% $513,537,191

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Oklahoma City Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 32,925 48,075
B.A. 15 33,225 48,375
MA 34,025 50,075
MA 30 34,525 50,575
Ph.D. 35,475 51,725


Teachers in Oklahoma City Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. The president of the Oklahoma AFT during the 2013-2014 school year was Ed Allen.[12]

Schools in Oklahoma City Public Schools


According to district records, Oklahoma City Public SChools served 34,267 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year. The district experienced a 2.7 percent increase in enrollment between 2006 and 2010. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2006 and 2010:[13]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2006 33,358 -
2007 33,331 -
2008 33,143 -0.5
2009 34,246 3.3
2010 34,267 -

District schools

Oklahoma City Public Schools operates 85 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Oklahoma City Public Schools
Adams Elementary
Arthur Elementary
ASTEC Charter School
Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School
Bodine Elementary
Britton Elementary
Buchanan Elementary
Capitol Hill Elementary
Capitol Hill High School
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Classen School of Advanced Studies
Cleveland Elementary
Columbus Elementary
Coolidge Elementary
Douglass Mid-High School
Dove Elementary Charter School
Dove Science Charter School
Edgemere Elementary
Edwards Elementary
Eugene Field Elementary
Fillmore Elementary
Gatewood Elementary
Green Pastures Elementary
Greystone Lower Elementary
Greystone Upper Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Harding Fine Arts Center
Harding Preparatory Charter High School
Harper Academy Charter School
Hayes Elementary
Heronville Elementary
Hillcrest Elementary
Horace Mann Elementary
Independence Charter Middle School
Jackson Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
John Marshall Mid-High School
Johnson Elementary
Kaiser Elementary
Kaiser East 6th Grade Center
KIPP Academy
Lee Elementary
Linwood Elementary
Mark Twain Elementary
Martin Luther King Elementary
Monroe Elementary
Moon Elementary
Nichols Hills Elementary
North Highland Elementary
Northeast Academy for Health Sciences & Engineering Enterprise School
Northwest Classen High School
Oakridge Elementary
Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School
Parmelee Elementary
Pierce Elementary
Prairie Queen Elementary
Putnam Heights Elementary
Quail Creek Elementary
Rancho Village Elementary
Ridgeview Elementary
Rockwood Elementary
Rogers Middle School
Roosevelt Middle School
Santa Fe South High School
Santa Fe South Middle School
Seeworth Academy
Sequoyah Elementary
Shidler Elementary
Southeast High School
Southern Hills Elementary
Spencer Elementary
Stand Watie Elementary
Star Spencer High School
Taft Middle School
Telstar Elementary
Thelma R. Parks Elementary
U.S. Grant High School
Van Buren Elementary
Webster Middle School
West Nichols Hills Elementary
Western Village Charter School
Westwood Elementary
Wheeler Elementary
Willow Brook Elementary
Wilson Elementary

Academic performance

The Oklahoma Department of Education issues an annual A-F School Report Card for each school district in the state. This annual report takes into account student achievement, overall student growth and bottom quartile student growth. The student achievement category accounts for 50% of the grading formula and tracks student performance on standardized tests in five categories. These testing categories are English, math, science, U.S. history and writing. The overall student growth category accounts for 25% of the grading formula and compares test results from the previous year to the current year. The bottom quartile student growth accounts for 25% of the grading formula and analyzes progress by students in the bottom 25% of test performers from the previous year.

Oklahoma City Public Schools received an overall grade of 57 for an F on the 2012-2013 report card.[15] The state of Oklahoma received an overall grade of 71 for a C- on the 2012-2013 report card.[16] The following tables compare the 2012-2013 A-F School Report Card from Oklahoma City Public Schools to the state's report card:[17]

Student Achievement results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English/English III 54 73 F C
Math/Algebra I/Algebra II/Geometry 55 72 F C
Science/Biology I 35 54 F F
U.S. History 67 77 D C
Writing 43 56 F F
Overall Grade 51 69 F D

Overall Student Growth results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English II 64 79 D C
Math/Algebra I 66 78 D C
Overall Grade 65 79 D C

Bottom Quartile Student Growth results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English II 50 59 F F
Math/Algebra I 55 59 F F
Overall Grade 52 59 F F


Racial discrimination investigation

At the December 8, 2014, school board meeting, Superintendent Rob Neu disclosed that the district was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The district was accused of not providing equal opportunities to male and female students as well as discrimination and retaliation against black, Hispanic and alternative education placed students.[18]

Neu pointed out that 60 percent of students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches in the district test as proficient readers in grades 3 through 8 in the district compared to 49 percent of black students. He stated, "When you go deep into the data you’ll see that it is more of a factor to be African-American in your performance levels here in Oklahoma City than it is to be in poverty. Students in poverty are outperforming students that are African-American. If you’re African-American and you’re in poverty, you have a double dip." He also highlighted the higher rates of disciplinary action taken against black and Hispanic male students compared to their white counterparts.[18]

Mascot change

In December 2014, the school board voted to change the school mascot of Capital Hill High School. The school's mascot had been the Capitol Hill Redskins. A local student club called the American Indian Organization had expressed interest in appearing before the board to ask for the mascot to be removed. The board heard from the district's Centennial group and the district's administrator for American Indian student services before unanimously voting to change the mascot.[19]

A committee of students, alumni and community members will be formed to choose a new mascot for Capitol Hill High School by the end of the spring semester.[20] Students and community members, however, did not express unanimous support for the change. On December 10, 2014, some students left class to protest the change. In response the protest, the district released this statement:[21]

This morning Capitol Hill High School students respectfully voiced their concerns of the Oklahoma City Public School District Board of Education’s decision to identify a new mascot for the school. Oklahoma City Public School District administration is proud of our students and support their decision to protest the Board of Education’s vote. This is an emotional issue for everyone involved and requires heartfelt and open conversations moving forward. Current and former Capitol Hill High School students will have an active role and strong voice in the process moving forward, and the District’s Native American Student Services Department will work with the student body and the community on providing additional information on the history of the term “Redskins”. Our goal is to be supportive of our students and respectful to the community during this process.[9]

—Tierney Tinnin, OKCPS Communications Officer, (2014), [21]

Oklahoma City Public Schools was not the only district among Oklahoma's largest to engage in the debate of the term "redskins" in 2014. Union Public Schools defended the use of the term for its high school mascot following national media attention of trademark cancellations for the Washington NFL team.

Miscalculated tax revenue

Oklahoma City Public Schools could recover approximately $2 million in state aid due to a miscalculation in state funding from ad valorem tax revenues since 1992. Across the state, districts could see a total of $18 million in state aid that was missed due to the improper application of legally required funding. The ad valorem tax is a local property tax on commercial personal property and agricultural personal property.[22]

Removal of school administrators

On January 10, 2014, Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez announced plans to remove at least ten school administrators in response to poor records of academic performance. Lopez promised significant changes in an early January meeting with school board members after the publication of state educational assessments. A November report by the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction found that 65 out of 93 district schools experienced decreased test scores from previous years. Lopez has also promised placement of at least 100 district officials into schools to spur academic improvement. The superintendent's plan has gained support from board members including Lynne Hardin and Bob Hammack.[23]

Contact information

Oklahoma City Public Schools logo.jpg
Oklahoma City Public Schools
900 N. Klein
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (485) 587-0000

See also

External links

Suggest a link


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  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Oklahoma County, Oklahoma," accessed December 5, 2014
  4. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Voter Registration Reports," accessed December 12, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed December 19, 2014
  7. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Biographical Sketch," accessed February 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed February 3, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Financial Services," accessed December 3, 2013
  11. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Compensation and Benefits," accessed February 3, 2014
  12. Oklahoma City AFT, "OKC-AFT Staff," accessed February 3, 2014
  13. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Enrollment Information," accessed February 3, 2014
  14. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Schools," accessed February 3, 2014
  15. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Oklahoma City Public Schools," accessed February 3, 2014 (dead link)
  16. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Statewide," accessed February 3, 2014 (dead link)
  17. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F School Report Cards," accessed February 3, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Oklahoman, "Oklahoma City Public School superintendent reveals federal investigation alleging racial discrimination against black, Hispanic students," December 15, 2014
  19. The Oklahoman, "Why Oklahoma City Public Schools chose now to do away with the Redskins nickname," December 14, 2014
  20., "Oklahoma City high school to get new mascot," December 8, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1, "Update: Students, alumni protest change to Capitol Hill mascot," December 10, 2014
  22. The Oklahoman, "Oklahoma school districts stand to recover millions in lost tax revenue because of misapplied law," December 19, 2014
  23. Tim Willert, The Oklahoman, "Some Oklahoma City school administrators face termination, superintendent says," January 13, 2014