Tulsa Public Schools

Local & Regional
11:15 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Donation to Save School District Jobs

An anonymous donation of $600,000 will save 15 teacher jobs that were recently eliminated in the Tulsa Public Schools.  Superintendent Keith Ballard also says additional jobs will be saved after budget reviews. He expects that number to be around 15-t0-18 jobs.                                 

That means about 45 jobs are still at risk. The district says it's searching for that funding. The cuts were brought about by the legislature’s failure to allocate more money for common education.

Local & Regional
1:58 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Tulsa School Chief confirms he's leaving when current contract ends

KWGS News File Photo

Tulsa’s School Superintendent confirms he will leave when his current contract expires at the end of June in 2013. Dr. Keith Ballard says it was never his intention to stay longer than five years…and that time will be up next year.

Dr. Ballard says he’s not leaving because he’s disgruntled about anything in his job with the Tulsa district. And while he says current budget woes had nothing to do with his decision to leave,  he did blast state lawmakers and the governor over the ‘flat budget’ for education, saying that they had failed Oklahoma’s school children.

Local & Regional
9:13 am
Wed April 11, 2012

McLain meeting over state partnership tonight

McLain High School is at 4900 North Peoria
Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa Public Schools' McLain Advisory Committee will host a meeting for students, parents and community members. The meeting will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at McLain High School, 4929 N. Peoria Ave.

The purpose of this meeting is to share information with parents and community members about the State Department of Education partnership with Tulsa Public Schools.

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5:19 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

TPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard Speaks Out on Cuts to Teacher Workforce

Aired on Tuesday, April 10th.

On today's program, we speak with Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard, who --- like every other school system administrator across Oklahoma --- is working hard to deal with the new reality of reduced state expenditures for education. Indeed, such aid is now lower than it was four years ago. Less and less money for schools, teachers, classrooms, and textbooks means more and more to be alarmed about, according to Dr.

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Local & Regional
10:30 am
Tue April 3, 2012

School Super plans to speak out long and loud about state cuts

KWGS News Photo/TPS 20 Superintendent Ballard at last night's meeting

In this election year, Tulsa School officials will be actively speaking out against state education budget cuts. Tulsa School Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard says people need to realize the cuts are impacting students in the classroom.

The Tulsa Schools will lose over 100-teaching positions. Ballard says there will be no lay-offs, because they won’t hire replacements for retiring teachers.

Hear the  Superintendent's comments to the school board last night, by clicking the "Listen" link above.

Local & Regional
11:08 am
Fri March 16, 2012

FBI enters Tulsa Public Schools probe

The FBI has now entered the probe into allegations of financial wrongdoing involving Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Department. Chris Payne is Public Information Officer for the school system. He says an internal investigation uncovered activities that have the potential of being violations of federal law. He says the FBI and U-S Attorney approached school officials about helping in the investigation, and that help was accepted.


Stephanie Spring resigned in January as Athletic Director, after she and two assistants were suspended.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Fri March 16, 2012

148 teaching positions will be cut in Tulsa

District CFO Trish Williams presents the staffing plan at last night's meeting

Due to funding cuts, 148-teaching position will be eliminated at the Tulsa Public Schools. Tulsa School Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard blasted the legislature at last night’s board meeting saying "this is what smaller government looks like."

Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association President Lynn Stockley says the legislature can’t just keeping cutting and the administration can’t keep adding to the teachers’ plate. She says educators are demoralized by the cuts and increased requirements being placed upon them.   

Local & Regional
11:31 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Boy dead after hit by a train in Tulsa

The tracks near where the accident happen
KWGS News File Photo

Playing on a railroad track, near a school bus stop that was not his own, proves fatal in Tulsa . A 12-year-old boy, Richard Brown, was struck and killed by a freight train about eight o’clock this morning. He was pulled by the train down the tracks before the train could stop.

It happened near the 2200 block of North Lewis. Brown was rushed to the hospital where he died about two hours later.

Tulsa Public School officials confirm the boy was a student at the McLain Junior High School. Special grief counselors will be brought to the school.

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