The Morning Brew: Northeast Oklahoma City braces for another round of school closures
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Northeast Oklahoma City braces for another round of school closures
Educators and residents in northeast Oklahoma City are bracing for another round of school closures, a process that has plagued the predominantly black neighborhoods for generations and left abandoned schools scattered throughout the community.
Oklahoma City Public Schools chief Aurora Lora said the school closures aim to address budget cuts.
As Felder reports, a lopsided number of school closures have hit northeast Oklahoma City since the 1970s.
Ten schools in northeast Oklahoma City have been closed since 1976.
“I have more abandoned Oklahoma City Public School property in my ward than any other ward in Oklahoma City, and I'm tired of the school district leaving these buildings abandoned,” said John Pettis, city councilman of Ward 7.
Pettis wants the savings reinvested into existing northeast OKC schools.
That doesn't look likely, Lora said, as the district faces a $10 million budget hole.
The Oklahoman's Tim Willert reported a school consolidation announcement was expected at Monday evening's board meeting.