Former Mayor Sets Education Meetings

Former Tulsa Mayor, Kathy Taylor, Gov. Brad Henry’s Chief of Education Strategy and Innovation, plans six meetings across the state next week as part of an effort to strengthen Oklahoma’s bid for federal “Race to the Top” education grants.
Taylor will solicit ideas for education reform to be included in Oklahoma’s “Race to the Top” proposal during the regional meetings. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, “Race to the Top” is a grant competition among U.S. states designed to encourage innovation and reform that will spur gains in student achievement.
Taylor hopes the public meetings will be attended by school administrators, school board members, business and community leaders, teachers, parents and students.
“It is important that we get ideas from a broad cross-section of everyone who is on the front lines of education in Oklahoma,” said Taylor, who recently left her post as mayor of Tulsa after choosing not to seek reelection.
“‘Race to the Top’ is an opportunity to help launch Oklahoma schools to a higher level of excellence. That is why we need valuable input from all Oklahomans with an interest in improving our system of education.”
The state’s application must be submitted by Jan. 19, 2010.

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