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|Board member, Tulsa School Board, District 4|
|2014 - Present|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|First elected||April 1, 2014|
|High school||East Central High|
|Bachelor's||University of Tulsa|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
District 4 includes Columbus, Cooper, Disney, Kerr, Lindbergh, Lewis and Clark, Peary, East Central Jr. High and East Central High School. While the board is a nonpartisan office, Keller was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 23 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Shawna Keller grew up in East Tulsa and graduated from East Central High School. She attended the University of Tulsa, where she earned a B.A. in history. Keller is involved with a number of community organizations, including MADD, Standing in the Gap, Blue Star Mothers and Oklahoma Honor Flights. She is a teacher at an alternative school. Keller married her husband, Jeremy, in 2004.
- See also: Tulsa Public Schools elections (2014)
Shawna Keller challenged incumbent Bobbie Gray-Elliott and newcomer William D. Bickerstaff for the District 4 seat in the general election on February 11, 2014. She defeated Bobbie Gray-Elliott in a runoff election on April 1, 2014.
|Tulsa Public Schools, District 4 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Bobbie Gray-Elliot Incumbent||35%||561|
|Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Municipal/Annual School Runoff Election — April 1, 2014," accessed April 2, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.|
|Tulsa Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||William D. Bickerstaff||14.3%||63|
|Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Annual School Election — February 11, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014|
Keller did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Keller did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
Keller ran in the 2012 election for Oklahoma House District 23. Keller ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26 and was defeated by Terry O'Donnell in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 23, General Election, 2012|
Keller's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2014:
Advocate for students
"We must ensure our children are the #1 priority with every decision we make. Shawna will ask the tough questions when it comes to day to day decisions that will directly impact our students."
Voice for teachers
"Our teachers are the first line of success to ensuring our children are educated. It is vital that we provide the tools they need to educate our children. Those tools include textbooks, technology, professional development, and basic supplies."
"Tulsa Public Schools has many partnerships that are vital to the success of our children. We must work to continue and expand the successful programs, as well as identify new partnerships that will work well in our district. "
"As your school board member, Shawna will be a voice for the students, parents, and educators in East Tulsa. To be that voice, input from the community will be vital to the improvement of our schools."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
Keller cited her top priorities as quality education, healthy communities, health care and jobs.
What was at stake?
Two seats on the school board were up for election on February 11, 2014. District 4 member Bobbie Gray-Elliott sought re-election against newcomers Shawna Keller and William D. Bickerstaff. In District 7, newcomers Suzanne Schreiber and Gene Beach competed for Lois Jacobs' seat. Neither the President nor the Vice President of the school board were up for re-election in 2014.
Issues in the district
Tulsa Public Schools is addressing overcrowding in many of its schools. Since the school district began an ongoing efficiency initiative known as Project Schoolhouse, it shut down 14 school buildings with low enrollment. This left many schools operating at higher occupancy rates. District leaders say they need to pay close attention to ensure that schools don't cross the line between full and overcapacity. Each winter since Project Schoolhouse began, district administrators have conducted an annual site capacity review and the Tulsa school board has subsequently approved adjustments to school boundaries to help balance out student enrollments among sites. In 2013, Tulsa Public Schools reopened a closed elementary school building as a 7th grade center to help alleviate unexpected crowding at McLain Junior High School. Superintendent Keith Ballard believes that Project Schoolhouse is working and that the district could be eligible to pursue a new bond issue to address capital needs, including classroom additions, in late 2014 or early 2015.
About the district
- See also: Tulsa Public Schools, Oklahoma
Tulsa County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5% of Tulsa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Tulsa County was $47,845 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Tulsa County was 15.4% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Shawna + Keller + Tulsa + Public + Schools"
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- Tulsa Public Schools, "Board of Education Members," accessed January 16, 2014
- Shawna Keller: Tulsa School Board, "About Shawna," accessed January 17, 2014
- Oklahoma, "Candidate Information," accessed January 16, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Office 2012," April 13, 2012
- Oklahoma State Election Board, Unofficial 2012 primary results April 13, 2012
- Shawnakeller.com, "Priories," accessed October 2, 2012
- Tulsa World, Andrea Eger "Tulsa Public Schools considering options to alleviate crowding," accessed January 16, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Tulsa County, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Tulsa Public Schools Elections|
|Election date:||February 11, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 4: • Bobbie Gray-Elliott • Shawna Keller • William D. Bickerstaff |
District 7: • Suzanne Schreiber • Gene Beach
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|
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