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Morning Bell: What changed (and what didn't) after the walkout?

Teachers, students and supporters march in front of the capitol on April 2 during a walkout aimed at increasing education funding. Whitney Bryen/Oklahoma Watch
Teachers, students and supporters march in front of the capitol on April 2 during a walkout aimed at increasing education funding. Whitney Bryen/Oklahoma Watch

Good Monday morning! On Sunday, I started a four-part series called "After the Walkout," which takes a closer look at how Oklahoma's public education system has changed since April's two-week teacher walkout. 

However, as teachers start the first new school year since the walkout, educators like Sonja Caddell were back in their communities as the realities of what the walkout did not accomplish quickly set in.

“At F.D. Moon our classrooms are really old. We still have chalkboards,” said Caddell, a first-grade teacher at F.D. Moon Academy in northeast Oklahoma City. “I have a lot of work I‘m going to have to do to get my class caught up and get supplies for my students that I have to pay for myself. Same as last year."

You can read part one here. Also, part two is in today's Oklahoman, which you can read here

Achille family says it will move

The family of an Achille student says it is moving following a series of threatening Facebook posts last week. 

“I don’t feel safe living here anymore. I can’t drop my daughter off at the movies anymore,” Brandy Rose told Time Magazine

Last week, several parents and other adults made threatening and hateful comments on Facebook about Rose's daughter, who is transgender. The threats resulted in the Achille school district closing for two days. 

Shawnee will increase police presence following bathroom message

There will be an increased presence of police at Shawnee High School over the next several days, following a threatening message written on a bathroom wall. News9 reports that law enforcement does not believe there is any immediate threat to students or school staff, but is looking into a message written on the wall of the girls bathroom that mentioned a future shooting date and the message "you've been warned." 

Tulsa World to host education forum

The Tulsa World is hosting Let’s Talk: How to be an Education Advocate, a special community forum to openly discuss how to be an education advocate for your child, teacher and school district. The panel will include Joy Hofmeister, state superintendent of public instruction; Deborah Gist, Tulsa Public Schools superintendent; Shaniqua Ray, 2018 Tulsa Teacher of the Year; Kathy Seibold, Impact Tulsa executive director; and Tristy Fryer, co-chair of the Bixby Parent Legislative Action Committee and administrator of Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education. Tulsa World’s Wayne Greene will moderate. The event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday in the OSU-Tulsa auditorium, 700 N. Greenwood Ave. It is free and open to the public. RSVP is required at

STEM schools set up cultural exchange program

The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics will launch its first cultural exchange program with a similar school in France. It will begin with students from OSSM attending a 10-day program at Lycee Marie Curie in spring 2019.

The new exchange comes from a partnership between the state Department of Education and the Académie d'Amiens. OSSM and Lycee Marie Curie will collaborate and develop an exchange program between the two STEM schools as well as a faculty research exchange.

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Have a great Monday! 

Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›