The planned downtown Oklahoma City elementary school proposes to be “very special unlike the traditional Oklahoma City schools,” an architect said at a planning meeting last week.
Students at John W. Rex Elementary, a charter school, will have easy access to museums, the downtown library, Myriad Gardens and other treasures that should be available to all children attending Oklahoma City Public Schools. Rex Elementary will have endowments and private donors with deep pockets.
Organizers want a downtown school that children of their employees can attend. While they promise to include disadvantaged children, the school will likely have a much lower rate of poor students than other district schools.
Most Oklahoma City public school children can't benefit from museums, gardens and other publicly funded attractions. Already financially strapped schools are charged by the district for bus transportation an average of $175 for a three-hour field trip. Using public transit also has its challenges, with education time lost as the buses run their regular routes and safety issues when large groups of children are a few steps from busy roads.
I appreciate the efforts of those bringing a new school to life and working diligently to offer a rich educational experience. The 500 or so children who attend the school will be fortunate.
I didn't know John Rex, but I've heard much about his dream for all our city's children. He and like-minded people would want the kind of opportunities planned for the new school to be mainstays at every city school. Yet most schools don't have moneymaking PTAs or endowments or benefactors to underwrite landscaping, playgrounds or other needs of a school. The lucky ones have communities, alumni or friends who do what they can, give what they have and work hard to help their neighborhood school.
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