• TPS releases results of community feedback, budget redesign survey

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    TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Public Schools released the results of its effort to get community feedback on their upcoming 2020-2021 budget plans on Monday.

    The district held a series of meetings throughout September and early October in an effort to gather the opinions and feedback from teachers, students, staff, school leaders, parents, and other community partners.

    TPS took the feedback and released the results in the form of its budget redesign community plan.

    The full report is available here www.tulsaschools.org/budgetredesign

    Web Survey Results

    Web-based surveys were also made available for feedback.

    The majority of those 5,773 people who took part online were parents, followed by teachers and students.

    The district says that nearly 1,000 students responded to the survey.

    • The most valued programs and services were teacher compensation, followed by class sizes, support staff compensation, and social-emotional learning and supports.
    • In response to creating a $20 savings plan, the top choice for budget reductions were changing bell times, reducing teacher leadership roles, and reducing building utilization.
      • The least-made reduction choices were increasing class sizes and reducing teacher compensation.
    • The majority of those that provided additional feedback in the surveys left comments about "perceived administrative inefficiencies or strategic shortcomings."

    Community Meeting Feedback

    A total of 847 people attended one of the community meetings held for feedback, TPS says.

    • The most valued programs and services based on the meetings were maintaining behavioral and emotional supports for students, followed by ensuring all students have high-quality materials and assessments and then increasing teacher pay.
    • When asked about creating a $20 savings plan for the budget, the top choices at the meetings were reducing the number of teacher-coaches, reducing central office services, changing bell schedules, and building utilization.
      • The reductions selected the least were increasing class sizes, changing school staffing plan, and maintaining behavioral and emotional supports for students.
    • The most common themes about community concerns for the budget changes were about the loss of services for students, increased class sizes, and declining enrollment.
    • The most common themes about hopes for Tulsa Public Schools were about maintaining high academic standards, improved services for students and families, and supports for teachers.

    "The next phases of the budget redesign process will run through mid-December and include community workshops with representatives from the core constituencies Tulsa Public Schools serves: school leaders, teachers, students, and parents.

    The district will hold three meetings with the Budget Advisory Committee, a diverse group of 39 community and business leaders who will support the budget redesign by providing input and feedback on potential strategic investments and resource reallocations. In December, Tulsa Public Schools will hold a second series of community-wide meetings on Monday, Dec. 9, Tuesday, Dec. 10, Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12." - Tulsa Public Schools

    The full report is available here www.tulsaschools.org/budgetredesign


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