“In response to last night's severe storms and the closing of school today, we have decided to change course and not close school on Monday, March 30, as originally planned. Earlier this week, the TPS Board had voted to authorize me to close school on Monday to enable teachers to attend the Education Rally at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, we had not anticipated the severity of last night's storms and the unexpected impact on 12 of our properties that necessitated the need to close schools today. As a result, I have made the decision not to close schools on Monday for the rally.
“I strongly believe TPS students cannot afford to lose another day of instructional time, especially given today's unexpected closure. We've come up with a plan that will allow a delegation of TPS teachers from each school to attend Monday's rally, while keeping schools open on Monday. Principals will work diligently to minimize the impact.
”We remain committed to the goals of the Education Rally and the pressing need to get the attention of legislators. Teacher pay and the statewide teacher shortage remain a huge concern. I share parent and teacher anxiety about over-testing and the need to reduce state-mandated testing. In fact, I am taking the day off Monday to join our delegation of teachers, and will address attendees from the stage. I have talked with representatives of our local PTA, who called for the rally, and Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, and they understand the need for us to keep school open on Monday. Thank you.”