Laura Newman, principal of Purpose Preparatory Academy, said the culture of her school is built on the idea that whatever is going on in a kid’s life, they know when they get to school there is a simple demand: “You gonna learn today!”
Black parents are more than twice as likely as white and Latino parents to use corporal punishment on a regular basis, and they are far less likely to never spank their children.
Black Tulsa students, some who can trace their lineages back to their community’s golden era, are being denied access to their constitutional birthright to be thoroughly educated and academically competitive to the likes of their White peers — 51-years after Tulsa began racially desegregating its schools.
Greenwood Leadership Academy (GLA ), a Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) partnership school serving TPS students, and the Met Cares Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building exceptional schools, strong economic development and robust community engagement in North Tulsa, held their first GLA 5K and Fun Run on the morning of Saturday, November 2, 2019, that took walkers and runners through the beautiful, rolling hills in the Gilcrease neighborhood.
Black Oklahoma students scored 29-percent lower than White Oklahoma students in Science and 25-percent lower in Math.
Most Americans remain unaware that 300 plus Black Americans were massacred and buried in mass graves around this American city, while the assailants, a white mob, looted and burned their homes and businesses to the ground in the early part of the twentieth century in a midwestern all-black town.
These educational deficiencies, all problems in Tulsa’s under-resourced low-income public schools, are likely contributors to crime, as young people who fail in school have fewer economic opportunities, are more likely to be unemployed, lack legal options for survival, and have to deal with other stresses that accompany poverty.