What they said
Oklahoma's new school
The debate about the new A to F school evaluation system has been going for months. Here are some comments from throughout the year:
“Rural, urban and suburban schools are all different, yet you want to judge them all the same. I'm concerned about this, and we are going to use a loud voice from this day forth. In the state of Oklahoma, our kids deserve the best. Is this the way to get it? No.” — Anna King, president of the Oklahoma PTA, to the state Board of Education in March.
“We really want the data to be accurate, and we're confident it will be when we release it. It's a challenge, but it's worth it.” — Maridyth McBee, assistant superintendent for accountability and assessment for the Education Department, when school district officials were double-checking the grading data in September.
“I don't want to have any C's or D's. I didn't have any on my personal report card, and I don't want them on my professional report card.” — Oklahoma City School Board Member Jay Means, to the district superintendent in September before grades were released. In Oklahoma City, 27 schools received C's, 38 received D's and one received an F.
“The grade card is something that is really straightforward and will really empower parents.” — State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, to the state Board of Education in September.
“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.