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Oklahoma City Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Oklahoma school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated on 25 August 2012.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meetings are archived on a separate document management site called boarddocs[1]
    • Meetings are archived for three years
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with names and different kinds of contact information [2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Name, phone number, email addresses, and physical address is available for the superintendent [3]
  • Audits
    • Audits from 2010 and 2011 are available [4]
  • Public records
    • Information on how to make an open records request is available [5]
  • Academic performance
    • Information on standards is available [6]

The bad

  • Taxes
    • No tax information is available
  • Budget
    • No budget information is available
  • Meetings
    • No meeting calendar is available
  • Elected Officials
    • The contact information available for the board of education is different for each member -- names, email addresses, phone numbers, and physical addresses are not available for all members.
  • Contracts
    • Some bid information is available, but:
    • No bids are posted
    • No approved contracts are $10,000 are available
    • Teacher contracts are not available
  • Audits
    • Audits are not archived for three years
  • Academic performance
    • Information on school performance is not available
  • Background check
    • No information on background checks are available


Leadership

School Board

Comprised of seven members and a chair elected by district patrons, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education enacts policy, performs appraisals of policies and procedures, makes provisions of financial resources, maintains public relations and continues educational planning and development.

2012 Board of Education Members [7]
Name Position
Angela Z. Monson Board Chair
Lyn Watson District 1 Member
Gail Vine District 2 Member
Phil Horning District 3 Member
Laura Massenat Distrcict 4 Member
Ruth Veales District 5 Member
Jay Means District 6 Member
Ron Millican District 7 Member


Administrative Officials

The current superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools is Karl Springer

Karl Springer serves as the "lead teacher" for the Oklahoma City Public School District. Mr. Springer has served as superintendent since 2008, following an 8 year tenure as superintendent for Mustang Public Schools in Mustang, Oklahoma. With more than 30 years experience in education, Springer started his career as a Special Education teacher and went on to serve as Assistant Director of Special Services and Assistant Superintendent for several Oklahoma school districts. Springer is a retired colonel with the US Army Reserves and Captain in the US Marine Corps.

2012 Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Cabinet [8]
Position Names
Deputy Superintendent Sandra Park
Chief Operations Officer Jim Burkey
Chief Information Officer George Kimball
Chief Financial Officer Scott Randall
Chief Academic Officer Cindy Schmidt
Ex. Director or Student Support Services Teri Bell
Ex. Director of Federal Programs Terry Fraley
Ex. Director of Information Technology Eric Hileman
Ex. Director of Curriculum Development Wilbur House
Ex. Director of Human Capital Chuck Tompkins
Ex. Director of Elementary Education and Reform DeAnn Davis
Ex. Director of Secondary School & Reform and Office of School Turnaround Linda Ware Toure
Ex. Director of Adult Community and Education Ann Allen
Ex. Director of Communications and Community Relations Kathleen Kennedy
General Counsel Tammy Carter
Senior Facilities Officer Terry D. Wolfe

Budget

Oklahoma City Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

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
Averages: $271,502,500 51% $47,362,000 9% $142,009,000 27% $0 0% $67,192,000 13% $528,065,500

Unions

The Oklahoma City Public Schools is represented by the Oklahoma Education Association. Their stated mission:

To advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the people of Oklahoma to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.
[10]

News

Oklahoma City to vie for Race to the Top funds

Oklahoma City Public Schools have begun applying for $40 million or more to the district. The district plans to use the funds to tailor individual lesson plans for students. [11]

Flocabulary

Oklahoma City Public School teachers raised a flag of concern regarding the implementation of “Flocabulary,” a “hip-hop curriculum” aimed at “at-risk youth" for the price of $97,000 at a time when the budget is cut and teachers were laid off.[12]

OCPS spokesperson Kathleen Kennedy told Oklahoma Watchdog in late June 2010 that federal funds are paying for it and that it has no affect on the district’s general fund.

“You can’t use conventional methods to teach children these days,” Kennedy said.

She said programs like Flocabulary are used to reach children who otherwise might not be reached.

“This is not traditional,” Kennedy said. “Some people may not like it but it is effective.”

OCPS Superintendent Karl Springer had “concerns” and that the district is “holding off on the program until it’s been evaluated.” Apparently, Flocabulary’s attack on American historical figures like Presidents Andrew Jackson and James Monroe was a concern.

SeeWorth Academy is embracing Flocabulary and Superintendent Janet Grigg said her students “learn in a different way.’ She says raps, rhythms and rhymes are apparently the only way the SeeWorth teachers can reach these “at-risk youth.”[13]

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