City councilors this week asked local leaders in education what Tulsa can do to help bolster public education.
CAP Tulsa Executive Director Steven Dow told them data CAP collected shows kids in the city’s poorest families are less prepared for kindergarten, setting the stage for academic struggle later.
"And so, as a community, when we think about investing our limited resources, investing those during the earliest years and in those children who are coming from the lowest-income households is where we're going to get the greatest return for our dollar," Dow said.
After 12 murders last year were linked to domestic violence, it was the topic of a Tulsa public safety summit today.
Several law enforcement agencies and victim services groups were represented. Mayor Dewey Bartlett said he was surprised to hear how often domestic violence turns into homicide, especially when drugs or alcohol are involved.
"We can't just walk away from it," Bartlett said. "We have to deal with it very directly and very harshly, but also do it in a way that it doesn't become a recurring problem."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma education officials say students can continue to sell snack foods in schools despite concerns that the fundraisers contribute to health problems.
State Board of Education members Thursday granted schools the ability to set local exemptions to a 2010 federal law that limits the sale of foods high in sugar or salt at schools. The board previously allowed a limited number of fundraiser exemptions per school.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services is planning to hold its annual sale of tree seedlings in nearly 20 communities across the state next month.
Tree seedlings that have been sold at the state nursery since October will now be taken on the road. Seedlings will be sold directly from a refrigerated truck with forestry staff on hand to help customers.
The seedlings grown at the Oklahoma Forestry Services State Nursery located south of Norman are from local seed sources that are selected because they perform well in the Oklahoma environment.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding the Tulsa Housing Authority a $352,293 grant to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and homes.
The funding announced Thursday can also link the elderly and the disabled with supportive services that allow them to maintain independent living.
The grant award is part of $36 million distributed nationwide.