In the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers, we are beginning to see positive change in schools across the nation.
Non-white parents are far more likely to believe their children might have fallen behind and need additional instruction next school year to make up for a learning deficit. Among white parents, 41% say their child will not need additional instruction, whereas just 28% of non-white parents agree with that sentiment.
Editorial Board: In this tumultuous time, Tulsa students and families deserve the steady leadership of Dr. Deborah Gist
Tulsans have benefited from Dr Gist’s leadership and in a time of upheaval, we deserve steadfastness. We call on the board to renew her contract tonight.
“Today’s decision to remove Murray’s name from our campus is an important step to eliminate any actual or symbol of racism on OSU’s campus,” said OSU President Burns Hargis.
“Sunday afternoon, as I packed and prepared to leave Tulsa, Oklahoma, I fully intended on engaging in radical self-care while binge-watching 90-day fiance. Instead, when I opened my Facebook application, I had been tagged in a post in which YET ANOTHER Mid-Del public school teacher, Kemper Rigg, was caught spewing racial rhetoric toward the black community.”
I am a teacher, but before that, I am mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a Black woman. I raised my right hand and swore to defend this country against all enemies, both foreign and domestic—I am a veteran. I would have laid down my life in defense of this country—will this country lay down racism for us?
What Luper did with her students was revolutionary. Leveraging her role as an educator, she incorporated activism into her teaching, though the efforts here in Oklahoma remain invisible and overshadowed by the Greensboro sit-ins.