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Morning Bell: Downtown charter school continues to grow

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Good Friday morning! 

TOMORROW: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., AFT President Randi Weingarten, and local educators will hold a rally for public education on Saturday in Oklahoma City.  The rally will take place at 2 p.m. at Warren’s former high school, Northwest Classen High School. 

State Question 801

Oklahoma education leaders say a state question designed to give districts more spending flexibility will do little to improve public schools’ financial difficulties.

State Impact's Emily Wendler reports that State Question 801 would allow school leaders to spend money in their building fund — currently restricted for things like construction projects, maintenance and repairs, utilities, and custodians’ salaries — in new ways.

But Shawn Hime, the executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, doesn’t think the measure provides a fix many districts need.

“I have yet to have any school, not one school district in the state, that has said it will help them use and move money that they can’t currently use,” he said. “Not one school in the state, and we’re looking.”

Student arrested for bringing gun to school

A student at Webster Middle and High School was arrested after allegedly bringing a handgun to class Thursday afternoon, reports the Tulsa World

Employees at Webster, located at 1919 W. 40th St., were made aware of a student in possession of a handgun "thanks to the diligence of our student community," according to a message sent to parents by Principal Shelly Holman on Thursday evening.

ICYMI: Downtown charter school continues to grow

At a time when Oklahoma City Public Schools has faced significant budget cuts, dwindling classroom resources and discussed closing schools due to declining enrollment, John Rex charter school can seem like an outlier in the state's largest school district.

This year's addition of sixth-grade at John Rex is a product of growing enrollment demands and an indication school leaders plan to continue expanding into high school, which would create the need for additional facilities.

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

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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