Oklahoma City Public Schools Board Members: VOTE NO on PATHWAY TO GREATNESS

Oklahoma City Public Schools Board Members: VOTE NO on PATHWAY TO GREATNESS

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Ilaria Capasso started this petition to Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education

On February 19, 2019, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education will select one of the three Pathway to Greatness plans presented to the public by Superintendent Sean McDaniel in late January 2019.

On March 4, 2019, the Board will either vote in favor or against the plan. Each one of the Pathway to Greatness plans proposed will close between 15 to 18 Oklahoma City Public Schools, promising better use of the existing facilities, smaller classes and more teachers.

The new plan would enter into effect by the start of the next school year, August 12, 2019. Many historical elementary schools will be closed to cut costs and repurposed by yet to be determined "community programs." The closure of so many neighborhood schools will heavily impact neighborhoods and will most likely affect property values in various Oklahoma City areas. The school closures and the transfer of students will require about 100 extra bus routes and bus drivers - which the district is already lacking as it.

While Superintendent McDaniel has said that the closure of the schools would generate revenue of 4 to 6 million dollars, there has been no disclosure of how much transferring the schools to new facilities and equipping the district with more buses is going to cost.

Harding Prep School and Harding Fine Arts, top schools in the state and two of the best in the country, are being relocated to a yet to be determined facility. Classen SAS High School, a nationally recognized school is getting split in half, with the High School being moved to Northeast Academy, dramatically impacting the collaborative model of learning that's made Classen SAS so successful. 

Special Education programs are also in jeopardy. Johnson Elementary, a school with a high rate of students with special needs, will close regardless of the path chosen by the Board of Education. Programs are being cut without parents or educators being given the right amount of information.

The schools set to close are: Edgemere Elementary, Edwards Elementary, Gatewood Elementary, Green Pastures Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Oakridge Elementary, Pierce Elementary, Putnam Heights Elementary, Rancho Village Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary, North Highland Elementary and Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High.

On top of these schools, Westwood Elementary, Shidler Elementary, Van Buren Elementary Hawthorne Elementary, Linwood Elementary, Roger Middle School , Spencer Elementary and Telstar Elementary might also close depending on which path is chosen by the Board on February 19, 2019.

Between the vote on March 4th and the start of the new school year on August 12th, there are only five months of time, which is not enough to:

- Complete renovations on the schools that will take on new students or will be converted from Elementary to Middle School and vice versa

- Procure enough buses and bus drivers

- Hire enough teachers 

While we understand that the Superintendent and the Board of Education are trying to do what's best for Oklahoma City Public Schools, we don't feel that our concerns as parents and citizens are being heard. We, the PUBLIC in Oklahoma City Public Schools, believe the Pathway to Greatness is an ambitious plan that cannot be possibly put into effect in just five months.

SIGN THIS PETITION and tell the Board Members to VOTE NO on March 4th.

Our children shouldn't be used as pawns to fix the budget of the district. We need changes that will take into consideration what's best for our kids and our entire community.

You can learn more about the Pathway to Greatness and how it affect your family here

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