Tulsa school bond vote today

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 5/14/2013 9:15 am Published: 5/09/2013 4:17 pm

On May 14th, Tulsans will vote on a $38 million school bond that would pay for safety and security improvements, and improved technology in the classroom.

To be ready for college Tulsa Public Schools says its students must be competitive in a digital world and that means starting early.

Leeanne Power teaches fourth and fifth grades at Mayo Demonstration Academy.

Being responsible for the development of these young minds is pressure enough, but she worries without the proper technology she's putting them at a disadvantage.

"At home they have access to things that we can't provide them in the school," says Power.

Things like computers, laptops and even iPads would give these kids the boost they need to compete in today's digital world.

"We have two-to-five computers in each classroom for a class of 25-30 students."

"If we pass this bond, then we can have carts of 30 laptops or iPads that we can move from class to class."

So, which school gets the new technology first?

"We are going to be looking at programs and working with committees to make those decisions on how we deploy the technology," says Ellen Duecker, director of instructional media with TPS.

People in Tulsa County would be charged $3.38 per month or $40.50 a year if their house is valued at $100,000.

The bond would pay for fire and intrusion alarms district-wide, as well as replacing cameras and adding 11 fire sprinkler systems to wooden buildings.

There would be technology access for online textbooks and testing. With one device for every three students, and a district-wide shared video system.

Finally, electrical upgrades to all buildings, wireless access in each class, new computers, laptops and tablets and a bandwidth upgrade.

The bond election vote will take place on May 14.

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Mayor Maynot - 5/14/2013 11:21 AM
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The Public school replacement is already here. Home computers carry much more information than the average curriculum. With capabilities to propel individual education at exponential levels #8-]] Homeschool is not the wave of the future. It's here now.
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