By Kojo Asamoa-Caesar Education in Oklahoma is a house on fire. Teachers finally have had enough and got organized to walkout of the building. The state government, the slumlords in this analogy, […]
Before the “Work the Contract” initiative began on March 12th, Cameron would spend time before and after school (and on weekends) making lesson plans, grading, calling parents, making copies, planning activities, organizing group work, and meeting with his coaches, principal and data team. Now the time to complete these duties is confined to his 55 minute planning period (contractual time afforded to allow teachers to attend to business outside of their classroom) each day. His regular 80/hr work week has been reduced to forty. “I am having a hard time not bringing any work home,” said Cameron. “It feels like a slap in the face that we have to prove to our legislators how much work this takes.”
Tulsa, Okla. — Hands down! Saturday was one of the best days in Tulsa history for thousands of city residents who traveled from across the district to attend the Expungement Expo at the 36 Street Event Center.
We now live in the postmodern era where people on a daily basis are combating social, political, and economic issues that plague and effect all. Though these issues require a systematic approach toward rectification, it is quite evident that the narrative behind the problem is unquestionably vital. Cultural crusading, in this case, play a role in policy change, particularly for groups interested in influencing dogmatic narratives. It can also play a role in making ourselves visible and challenging narratives at the level of culture (and popular culture in particular).
Healthy Neighborhoods Overlay vote shows that the city’s political powers are willing to listen and even vote in the interest of their constituents, voters who have often felt marginalized.
The ramifications in allowing the name of a person who protected and promoted white supremacy, white power, a Ku Klux Klan mentality, and Nazism — all racist ideologies at their core the same — to remain on the side of a public school building is detrimental to race relations for the city and the nation.
According to the Tulsa Public Schools Strategic Plan, 25.7 percent of students are chronically absent. Research shows that students who have more than ten unexcused absences are less likely to succeed in their classes, less likely to graduate, and more likely to have problems with education and employment later in life.