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Oklahoma Board of Education identifies bottom schools

Oklahoma education officials announced the worst schools in the state during a state Board of Education meeting Thursday. The schools are identified for a long-term partnership with the state Education Department to help turn things around.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: June 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm •  Published: June 28, 2013

State education officials have identified the nine Oklahoma schools most in need of a turnaround.

The schools identified for reform are called C3, which stands for College, Career and Citizen Ready. State workers will partner with local officials for the next three years to help bring academics up to standards.

The 2013 C3 schools are Dustin Elementary, Graham High School, Kenwood Public School, Mannsville Public School, Wewoka High School, Bodine Elementary in Oklahoma City, McLain Junior High and Burroughs Elementary in Tulsa and Marcus Garvey Leadership Charter School, an Oklahoma City charter school that recently lost its charter.

The nine schools were selected from a list of 86 schools dubbed “priority schools” by federal education officials for poor academic results. Every “priority school” was asked to turn in an extensive document with details from test scores to staffing.

Six schools were on the 2012 list. One of them — Farris Public School — closed this spring after voters decided to dissolve the school.

Last year, local school officials had mixed reactions to being put on the list. Some appreciated help. Others resented the label of “failing school.”

This year, district officials are more open to the idea of extra help, and some have asked for the assistance, said Richard Caram, executive director of C3 schools for the state Education Department.


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