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Debreon Davis, principal at Edmond North High School, received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award from Lowell Milken on Dec. 7, 2017. (Provided by Oklahoma State Dept of Education)
Debreon Davis, principal at Edmond North High School, received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award from Lowell Milken on Dec. 7, 2017. (Provided by Oklahoma State Dept of Education)

Debreon Davis, principal at Edmond North High School, learned on Thursday that she was the recipient of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award from Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation.

Davis, one of 44 honorees across the U.S. for 2017-18, is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Oklahoma this year. 

“Effective principals create and reinforce the culture of a school to ensure teachers and students can excel in a supportive, trusting environment,” said state superintendent Joy Hofmeister. “By any calculation, Debreon Davis is an exceptionally effective leader who is wholeheartedly dedicated to service. Her commitment to high expectations and belief that every child can achieve have earned respect from students and their families, her colleagues and the Edmond community.” 

You can read more about Davis and the award here

Native charter school proposed

Sovereign Community School proposes operating a middle and high school, which would open in the fall of 2019, reports Laura Eastes of the Oklahoma Gazette. The school would bring a unique opportunity to OKC’s Native American and non-Native students, said Phil Gover, who is leading the effort.

“We can design a whole school curriculum around the notion that we can be rigorous and culturally relevant,” Gover said in an interview with Oklahoma Gazette. “NACA [Native American Community Academy] proved you can do it. You can prepare students for college and teach them the culture from where they come.”

Fearing the end of DACA

NonDoc covered a recent gathering of business and education leaders who said the "fear is unbelievable" when it comes to a possible end to DACA. 

With two dozen Oklahoma stakeholders gathered Wednesday around a table at the Broadway 10 chophouse, congressional field staff and media heard about “the fear” facing families who await congressional action on the United States’ DACA immigration policy, which predominantly affects young immigrants who are students.

Lawmakers respond to seclusion rooms story

Two state lawmakers announced they would file legislation in response to a story on the use of seclusion rooms in Oklahoma schools. 

Jennifer Palmer of Oklahoma Watch recently wrote that the controversial practice of shutting children alone in small closet-like rooms to control their behavior has led Oklahoma parents to withdraw their children from school, seek police intervention and take legal action.

On Thursday, Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, said he would crack down on schools where personnel inappropriately discipline students.

“Seeing reports of school personnel secluding students in small spaces as a form of ‘discipline’ is alarming,” Cleveland said in a statement. “Parents should feel confident sending their students to school each day, and nobody should have to worry about a student being stuck in a closet for punishment. Often times, these students with individual education programs don’t even know why they’re being secluded. These practices violate the spirit of House Bill 1623, and I won’t stand to see our students with special needs treated in such a horrific way.”

Rep. Josh Cockroft also announced on Thursday his plan to respond with legislation. 

"This is inexcusable and embarrassing for families across our state," Cockroft said. 

District settles playground lawsuit

Oklahoma City Public Schools has agreed to settle a 3-year-old personal injury lawsuit with the parent of a Telstar Elementary student who was "grievously injured when a set of monkey bars-style playground equipment fell onto his head," a petition filed Nov. 5, 2014, in Oklahoma County District Court states.

The school board approved a $95,000 payout this week to Leticia Mask..

Boosting academic standards 

In an article for Ozy, Nick Fouriezos took a closer look at Oklahoma's increased academic standards. "Taking an honest look at education success is especially crucial in Oklahoma, where the state legislature has cut K–12 spending by $1 billion in the past decade — even as enrollment grew by 50,000 students," Fouriezos wrote.

That does it for today's Morning Bell. See you on Monday!

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Debreon Davis, principal at Edmond North High School, received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award from Lowell Milken on Dec. 7, 2017. (Provided by Oklahoma State Dept of Education)

Debreon Davis, principal at Edmond North High School, received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award from Lowell Milken on Dec. 7, 2017. (Provided by Oklahoma State Dept of Education)

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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