How Will District Consolidation Affect Transfer Trend At Tulsa Public Schools?
Toshia Wilson , parent of a Tulsa Public Schools student.
Choteau Elementary is lcoated at 575 N 39th West Avenue in Tulsa.
The district says on its website there is no plan to change the transfer policy.
Ashli Sims, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Public Schools is still tabulating the results of thousands of parent surveys, but early numbers show most parents are dissatisfied with neighborhood schools and are transferring for better opportunities.
Nearly a third of Tulsa Public Schools' parents take the route Toshia Wilson is walking.
"We transferred in," Toshia said.
Her neighborhood school doesn't make the grade, so by law she is able to transfer her children to a different school. She chose Chouteau.
"This school just on paper looked really, really, good," she said. "We basically came here we met with Dr. Burk and we liked what we saw. And it just got better after that."
Tulsa Public Schools is trying to figure out the transfer phenomenon as part of their effort to consolidate schools. Early results show:
Nearly 70 percent are transferring because they believe their students will get a better education.
More than 60 percent transfer because their chosen school has an excellent reputation and
More than half of parents surveyed say they commute up to half an hour to get those benefits.
The transfer process is leaving whole classrooms empty, which strains district resources.
But it's the extra room that allows students to transfer in the first place. Tulsa Public Schools wants to eliminate 7,000 empty seats and the unintended consequence may be choking off the stream of transfers.
The district says on its website there is no plan to change the transfer policy. But if the district consolidates, it admits there will be fewer slots available for students to transfer into other schools.
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