TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Public School's Advisory Council has issued a letter of recommendation in support of Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard's Project Schoolhouse proposal.
Dr. Ballard unveiled his proposal on Friday, April 22, 2011.
In a news release from Tulsa Public Schools, the Advisory Council voted unanimously that the school board accept Dr. Ballard's recommendation.
The Advisory Council, appointed by the School Board, is one of three Project Schoolhouse committees.
The council is responsible for reviewing the measurement data related to the initiative and for compiling and making recommendations to the superintendent and the board.
PROJECT SCHOOLHOUSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Mission Statement of Project Schoolhouse:
To examine the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of all TPS schools in order to ensure that a quality educational experience is being offered on an equitable basis throughout the district.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Advisory Council:
The Advisory Council is composed of community members with a vested interest in the future of TPS. The Council has a forward-thinking focus and supports TPS' vision, mission and core goals. Members are representative of Tulsa's diverse communities within the district. The Advisory Council is responsible for reviewing the measurement data, and for compiling and making recommendations to the superintendent and the board.
The Advisory Council began meeting on January 7, 2011 and continued to meet each Friday for the next twelve weeks. During each meeting the Council was briefed by members of the Project Team regarding one or more of the categories of data, including:
During Council meetings, each member received and reviewed a set of data, after which they could ask questions of the Project Team and then discuss the implications of the data. The Project Team provided any additional information or clarifications that were requested.
At subsequent meetings, the Advisory Council received three presentations from the Blue Sky Group.
The Council discussed the three proposals. These proposals were then reviewed and edited by the TPS executive staff and presented to the public as Proposals A, B and C. Subsequently, the Project Team sought input regarding the three proposals through a series of public meetings and surveys. Based on this public input and the features that were considered the best of each of the three proposals, the Project Team developed a final proposal. This final proposal was presented to the Advisory Council for their review and consideration.
On April 22, 2011, Superintendent Keith Ballard released the Project Schoolhouse recommendation to the public prior to a Board of Education public hearing scheduled for Tues., April 26, 2011. The Board is scheduled to vote on the recommendation on Tues., May 2.
Endorsed by the Project Schoolhouse Advisory Council by a unanimous vote of its members.
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