At last month’s State of the Schools luncheon, more than 500 business and community leaders gathered to hear about a topic that is of the highest importance to the future of our region: education. Despite the unprecedented challenges faced by our schools, it was impossible to leave the event without feeling encouraged about the Oklahoma City Public School District.
A lot of that hope came from listening to Superintendent Aurora Lora’s evident passion and dedication to OKCPS’s success. But it was also the updates that she shared that showed us the tangible progress being made. OKCPS saw a 25 percent increase in the number of students who took Advanced Placement exams in 2016. They also made great strides in reducing the number of out- of-school suspensions, with 5,000 fewer school days missed due to suspensions last year.
As a business community, we have to do more than admire our teachers and administrators for doing great things with fewer resources. Now is the time to rally in support of our schools. A partnership between OKCPS and the Foundation for Oklahoma City Schools called Partners in Action can help your company do that in a strategic and practical way. Partners in Action connects the needs of OKCPS teachers and classrooms with the resources of our community. I want to challenge you to visit www.okckids.com/partnersinaction this month and support our students in a practical way. Let’s give our students everything they need to become successful members of our community.