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Star Spencer High School receives donation of new band instruments valued at $4500

From left: Seen with the new xylophone funded by the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools Partners in Action projects are: (from left) Brad Herzer, OKCPS Deputy Chief of Schools; Alta Price, Manager of Outreach and Programs with the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools; Corey Robinson; Zalee Robinson; Princess Berry; DJ Carter, Star Spencer Band Director; Quenton Frederick, Jamari Carter, Victoria Birney, Bill Caldwell: Brian Hinson, Star Spencer Principal; and Verna Martin, the Instructional Leadership Director.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Star Spencer High School students were the honored recipients of brand new band instruments earlier this week. The gift was funded by a donation given to the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools in the amount of $5,000. The donor, who wished to remain anonymous, […]

Mural at former OKC Public School Administration Building asks “For My Future I Want….”

Six women created a large photo mural installation to hang outside the former OKC Public School Administration Building that asks, “For My Future I Want….”  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A group of Oklahoma City women have worked together to plan, develop and execute the installation of a large scale photo mural, named “Our Voice. Our Future. OKC.” The project is comprised of numerous 2×3’ printed photos of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. […]

Cutting Non-Teaching Personnel Could Mean Teacher Raises

Using the data that the Oklahoma State Department of Education reports to the U.S. Department of Education, Scafidi found that between fiscal years 1993 and 2014 enrollment in Oklahoma public schools increased by 14 percent.  File photo

Education resources questioned; experts recommend path to reform Stacy Martin, Investigative Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – Use of state education resources are being questioned amid findings that public school spending is nearing an all-time high. Public education revenues have risen from $7.40 billion in 2006 to $8.79 billion in 2016 fueled largely by increases in local […]

Positive Tomorrows announces $10.2 million Building Success Capital Campaign

The Positive Tomorrows Capitol Campaign will help to raise funds to build a new 36,000 square foot school for homeless children, nearly doubling the school’s current capacity. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Last month, on “Giving Tuesday” (Nov. 28) Positive Tomorrows held its largest annual fundraiser, the Gold Star Luncheon. During the event, Oklahoma’s only elementary school for homeless children announced a $10.2 million Capital Campaign. This campaign will help to raise funds to build a new […]

FWD.US – Open Letter to members of Congress

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Editor’s NOTE: Last week, activist Oklahomans working with FWD.us, a national group with a state affiliate, sent an open letter to all members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation. The group provided a copy of their letter to Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher of The City Sentinel newswpaper. The letter and names of all who signed it […]

Oklahoma’s 71st annual Red Andrews Dinner offers the Christmas spirit to those in need

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 71st annual Red Andrews Dinner will be held on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Event Hall on the southwest corner of the Cox Convention Center, at 1 Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. Members of the […]

Capitol Report for December 9: Tensions between governor and Republican leaders, and hoping for long-delayed criminal justice reform

News9 Alex Cameron (left0 and Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK editor, give the Capitol Report.  Photo provide.

In this weekend’s edition of Capitol Report on News9, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan discussed the timing of a special session, saying it would best come before year’s end. [Editor’s Note: After the segment was recorded, Governor Mary Fallin called for legislators to return on December 18.] There is no agreement over a revised budget between […]

A Baker’s Dozen for a better world: At state Capitol ceremony, thirteen honored for work on behalf of Human Rights

The 2017 awards ceremony for the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance was held Saturday (December 9) in the chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Honorees included (front row from left, nearest the camera)  Victor Acosta, Rena Guay, Mariana Llanos, Narciso Arguelles, Veronica Laizure, Anita Barlow (widow of honoree Michael Barlow), and Mari Fagin. 
Second row, from left, Candace Liger, Anne Murray, and Lou Barlow (Michael’s son, standing behind his mother), and back row from left: Fannie Bates, Eli Jackman (a grandson of the late Lydia Polley) and Mary Sine (Partner who accepted on behalf of Polley). Very back row:  Wilfredo Rivera, chair OUHRA. Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirteen Oklahomans were honored at the state Capitol on Saturday, December 9, for their work on behalf of human rights and dignity. The event, hosted by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance (OUHRA), was held in the state House of Representatives chamber. The program took place on the 70th […]

There’s no place like “Home for the Holidays” with Oklahoma City University’s American Spirit Dance Company

There’s no place like “Home for the Holidays” with Oklahoma City University’s American Spirit Dance Company Photo provided

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher and Arts/Entertainment Critic   It is difficult – nay, impossible – to choose one favorite moment in the 2017 edition of “Home for the Holidays,” the annual tribute to dance and all things Christmas at Oklahoma City University. But for pure fun and unexpected joy, try this: You will believe a […]

COMMENTARY: Losing Oklahoma

Steven Vincent, candidate for OK State Senate District 45.  Photo provided.

By Steven Vincent   OKLAHOMA CITY – As a lifelong Oklahoma Democrat, the reality of political life has been clear to me for decades. Oklahoma is one of the reddest states in our nation, I live in a district where Republican voters outnumber Democrats nearly two to one. Oklahoma Republicans have super majorities in the […]

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