Superintendent says OKC district will overcome underdog status

Thursday, August 18, 2016

by Tim Willert

The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora is predicting big things for a district that will have to overcome layoffs and less money for students to be successful in the coming year.

Lora, speaking to more than 500 people Wednesday and referencing a 3-month-old speech made by Northwest Classen High School graduate Nate Bullock, compared the district to an underdog that is going to defy the odds.

 “We're up for this challenge and we are determined to succeed and we're going to overcome these tough times,” she said Wednesday. “We're going to emerge from this budget crisis smarter and more resourceful, and five years from now this is going to be the district that this whole nation is watching.”

Lora made her remarks during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's annual State of the Schools luncheon at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

She quoted Bullock, who overcame his mother's methamphetamine addiction to earn a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma:

We are not underdogs, we are overcomers.

“What he said, I think this really resonated with me because this is how I feel as the leader of this school district,” she said.

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