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Newly named Adelaide Lee Elementary School, 424 SW 29, after school board voted to change the school's former name, Lee Elementary. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Newly named Adelaide Lee Elementary School, 424 SW 29, after school board voted to change the school's former name, Lee Elementary. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Good Monday morning! Some schools start a new year this week, including Lawton, which returns to class Friday. But many of the state's larger districts still have at least one more week of summer break, including Edmond, Moore, Putnam City and Norman.

Oklahoma City school started a new year last week and three school returned with new names. Mary Golda Ross, Esperanza and Adelaide Lee elementary schools were previously named for Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Stand Watie.

In May, the school board voted to rescind the names, reports The Oklahoman's Tim Willert

"Most people don't really know what it was about or what he did before," said Lee parent Anita Herrera as she waited to pick up her daughters on the second day of school for the Oklahoma City district.

"It's basically about what's the school doing now and about the school, not about whose name it's under."

A petition is circulate on the internet asking for a new process in renaming Tulsa's Lee School, reports the Tulsa World. That petition, despite the grievances aired, seems unlikely to keep the school board from passing the name in two weeks.

OKC principal begins new role in Tulsa

Aspasia Carlson, the newly hired director of Tulsa Beyond, Tulsa Public Schools high school redesign initiative, comes highly recommended. She’s a former Oklahoma principal of the year and has been widely praised for her work at John Marshall Mid-High School in Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Tulsa World sat down with Aspasia Carlson last week to talk about her career and what she expects for the work of high school redesign at TPS.

Teacher Store to offer free school supplies

Feed the Children will open its Oklahoma City Teacher Store, 333 N Meridian Ave., beginning Tuesday so teachers from more than 200 districts across the state can shop for free classroom supplies.

Teacher raise method criticized in rural districts

A funding formula that the Oklahoma Department of Education routinely uses to allocate state appropriated money to school districts is drawing fire from a rural superintendent who says it isn't providing enough money to cover the cost of teacher pay raises, reports the Lawton Constitution

Art project to put focus on school funding

The faces of Oklahoma's education, namely those of some young students, are at the heart of a big art project that includes Pauls Valley, reports the Pauls Valley Democrat

It's called Faces of the 47th, an Inside Out Project, as Pauls Valley is among five cities in the state planning to put up posters of young students for everyone to see.

The idea is to offer up a creative way of bringing more attention to the state of education in Oklahoma, which is ranked 47th nationally in overall school funding.

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Got a question, comment or story idea? Hit me up at bfelder@oklahoman.com

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Newly named Adelaide Lee Elementary School, 424 SW 29, after school board voted to change the school's former name, Lee Elementary.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Newly named Adelaide Lee Elementary School, 424 SW 29, after school board voted to change the school's former name, Lee Elementary. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

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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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