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Oklahoma Board of Education OKs night school program at Douglass High School

The state Board of Education agreed to waive some state laws governing class time in light of the academic crisis at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City. Douglass will have an alternative school within the larger school.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: December 19, 2012

Compromise like this will help students get back on track to graduation, state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said after the board voted unanimously to grant both waivers.

“We're working with Oklahoma City to do what we can to ensure those students do graduate on time,” Barresi said.

The night school will meet from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. twice each week during the spring semester, said Linda Ware Toure, executive director of secondary school and reform for Oklahoma City.

Students will have just one class during that time block, Toure said.

“You don't have distractions,” Toure said. “You have fewer students. That content ... is covered in-depth.”

Attendance will still be required, she said. Class time missed will have to be made up. That's true for the other options the district is offering: winter break, spring break and summer school classes.

However, Toure said she still wants students to participate in activities they enjoy. She said many students feel a deep connection to the school through extracurricular programs, such as basketball or band.

“We will help them make up the time and the work,” she said. “We don't want students to sacrifice their love for activities, be it arts or athletics.”