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OKG Newsletter

Topic: education

Promises kept

It’s the 20th anniversary for a state program that has enabled thousands of Oklahomans to pursue a college education.


Mia Cantu
In 1992, Jacqueline Smith signed up for a program with the unwieldy name of Oklahoma’s Higher Learning Access Program, or OHLAP. For qualifying students, it guaranteed full tuition to any of the state’s public universities or colleges or partial tuition to private establishments.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Head of the class

A handful of OKC-area schools make Newsweek’s list of top high schools in the nation.


Gazette staff
Several Oklahoma City metro schools were named by Newsweek as among the 1,000 best high schools in the country.
Monday, May 21, 2012

Academic achievement

After nearly 25 years, Edna Manning is retiring as president of the state’s premier high school for science and mathematics.


Susannah Waite
After nearly a quarter century leading the prestigious Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Edna McDuffie Manning is retiring this month as president of OSSM’s president.
Friday, June 15, 2012

To the letter

The OKC school district begins investigating charges of grade-tampering by a high school principal.


Jerry Bohnen
The Oklahoma City school district has quietly begun investigating allegations of falsification of attendance records and grades leveled by former teachers, employees and students against the principal of Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School. The disclosure came following the June 4 district board meeting in which a former teacher and an official of the Oklahoma City NAACP made second appearances bringing the allegations to the board’s attention.
Monday, June 18, 2012

Standing up for special needs families


Janet Barresi
A recent YouTube video features a cheerful mother, kids in tow, in the milk aisle of a grocery store. There she finds rows of bland containers offering just … milk.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Brace for 'Impact'

A retired teacher compiles Oklahoma’s black history.


Mia Cantu
Inspired by a dearth of black history education in the Sooner State, Rochelle Stephney-Roberson wrote her first book, Impact: Blacks in Oklahoma History. Published last fall, the textbook has been approved by the state Department of Education for use in state high schools.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Getting schooled

A national program to provide high-quality education in low-income areas comes to OKC.


Ryan Querbach
Teach For America, a national nonprofit that focuses on improving education for low-income students, has wrapped up its first year operating in Oklahoma City.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Free-range education

OKC schools are set to offer online-only curriculum this fall.


Susannah Waite
Students will soon have more options outside the classroom as the Oklahoma City Public Schools launch virtual school.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Back at school

Protesters greeted students at the first day of class of Douglass High School.


Jerry Bohnen
Car horns blared from passing motorists, and the morning sun promised another scorching day as nearly a dozen protesters gathered Wednesday morning outside Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School at 900 Martin Luther King on the first day of the new school year. The protesters — some of whom had been fired by the Oklahoma City Public Schools district — tried drawing attention to their allegations of grade-tampering by principal Brian Staples.
Thursday, August 2, 2012

School work

A planned charter elementary school for downtown moves a step closer to becoming a reality.


Clifton Adcock
The public trust overseeing the MAPS for Kids project approved a contract Aug. 13 to purchase the land for the future MAPS downtown elementary school.
Monday, August 20, 2012