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TPS: Releases report on community feedback for the 2020-21 budget redesign

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Posted at 10:27 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 23:37:17-05

TULSA, Okla. — Officials with Tulsa Public Schools has released a report on the community feedback for the 2020-2021 budget.

The feedback was gathered during a series of community meetings and web survey.

The community meetings the reports reflects took place at Booker T. Washington, Edison, East Central, Central, Hale, McLain, Memorial, Rogers and Webster high schools, St. Francis Xavier Church and Disney Elementary School.

Officials say the report includes results from the web-based survey of 5,700 teachers, staff, school leaders, parents, and community members.

“We believe that our community is essential, and community voices will be integral as we narrow in on a core set of priorities to improve student experiences while re-growing student enrollment,” said Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. “This feedback, along with continued community conversations, will help inform our work to identify strategic investments and resource reallocations that will have the greatest positive impact on students within our continued fiscal constraints.”

Officials say based on the feedback from both the meetings and survey, Tulsans consistently named teacher compensation, class sizes, and social emotional learning and behavioral supports as their most valued areas to invest in.

Officials say community members say they were most willing to make budget reductions related to student transportation and bell times, teacher leadership opportunities, building utilization, and central office services.

The next phases of the budget redesign process will run through mid-December and include community workshops with representatives from the core constituencies Tulsa Public Schools serves: school leaders, teachers, students, and parents, officials say. In December, Tulsa Public Schools will hold a second series of community-wide meetings on Monday, Dec. 9, Tuesday, Dec. 10, Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12.

To read the full community feedback report, click here.

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