Western Heights Fiasco Highlights Need for Reform

Western Heights Fiasco Highlights Need for Reform

Last Monday the State Board of Education voted unanimously to amend the conditions of accreditation for the Western Heights school district, effectively taking over the district, substituting state control for local control. For the next year, every action taken by...
Western Heights Fiasco Highlights Need for Reform

Best District in Oklahoma; Mediocre Everywhere Else

It probably comes as no surprise to many that the Jenks public school district would be named the best school district in the State of Oklahoma. Not only has this happened before, the district is in a fairly well-to-do community, it has nice facilities, it’s...
Western Heights Fiasco Highlights Need for Reform

Open Transfer, Great! But Transfer to Where?

Much ado has been made about the passage of HB 2074, which expands the Open Transfer Act – allowing children to more easily transfer from one school or district to another. While it isn’t perfect and leaves room for bureaucratic gamesmanship, I am happy to see a move...