“In Tulsa, we have achievement problems, and we know what they are. And we've worked around the clock. ... We support accountability. We support measurement of performance. It just needs to be done in a fair, concise, easily understandable manner.” — Tulsa Superintendent Keith Ballard, in October.
“When we get to the position to where we're being attacked because we're somehow pawns in the political system, that's offensive to me — maybe insulting. We ain't (ranked) 47th (nationally) because of me. We're not 47th because of this board. You were 47th when I got here.” — Board of Education member retired Gen. Lee Baxter, to educators at an October board meeting.