Monday night, Native American and African American parents along with supporters plan to show up in mass to pressure the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education.
The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Northeast High School, 3100 N Kelley Ave. and is
Parents of students at Northeast High School have been making plans throughout the weekend to show up and protest the continued presence of the top tier of administrators in the building resulting in overcrowding and larger class sizes.
According to our sources, one parent plans to argue that their children are having their civil rights violated because of not receiving a “proper education.”
Northeast parents have been upset since popular and experienced Principal Sue Starr was walked out of the building and placed on leave in the fall after students protested conditions with the administrative offices there.
Then, within days of Starr’s termination hearing, her attorney and the district’s legal counsel arrived at an agreement for her to be reinstated as an active principal, but not back at NEHS.
Instead, she has been a roving principal, filling in for other principals around the district who must be away from their posts for illness or other business.
Sovereign Community School
Believing that they were on the road to approval for the Sovereign Community School idea, Native American leaders in Oklahoma City were shocked to learn that the current administration of OKCPS is not in favor of an idea that has been in preparation for over a year.
After a meeting with Acting Supt. Rebecca Kaye at the end of last week, the board has placed the group’s application for the charter school on the consent agenda for denial.
The purpose of the school is to use experiences other Native American groups have had in setting up charter schools to promote Native self-awareness, learn native languages and develop a deeper understanding of their traditions and history.
The Oklahoma City group contends that the needs of Native American youth are ignored worse than any other ethnic group in the district.
One measure the group cites is that Native American students had the lowest graduation rate of any category of students in the district.
The group posted a statement Saturday on their Facebook page encouraging supporters to show up in mass at the board meeting Monday.
Free Press will post an update after the Monday meeting of the board.