OKC school, city officials discuss bus system

Oklahoma City school, municipal officials agree to find ways to offer school kids more chances to ride the bus.
by William Crum Published: October 30, 2013

Let the children ride.

The idea of giving school kids more options for riding city buses found favor with officials meeting Tuesday night to discuss city-school district cooperation.

The Oklahoma City Council, the Oklahoma City School Board and the MAPS for Kids Trust met at the Downtown Library to review progress of the city's Joint Education Task Force.

A similar meeting a year ago was thought to have been the first formal meeting between a municipal council and school board in Oklahoma history.

The role of the task force has been to focus on ways the city and schools can combine resources to improve student achievement.

Tuesday night, the panels together reviewed the results of their partnerships, including tutoring programs and enhanced public relations efforts.

After more than two years of work, they agreed it was time to update goals.

“We need to plow some new ground,” said Ward 4 City Councilman Pete White, relaying a recommendation from Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan, who was unable to attend.

Ideas tossed out included:

• Reducing the rate at which schoolchildren move from school to school. School board member Ruth Veales said too many families lack fundamental housing security in the city. “Families need stability,” she said.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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