Editorial: TPS’ low 63% graduation rate

If you want your children to graduate from high school, Tulsa Public Schools would not be the place to send them.

A study released by Oklahoma Department of Education on the 2014-2015 school year showed that nearly four out of every 10 students in Tulsa Public Schools don’t get a diploma.

That is terrible. And it’s not acceptable, especially considering how much the taxpayers of Tulsa and Oklahoma shell out for public education every year.

Every other public school district in the Tulsa metro area has a graduation rate at least 20 percent points better than Tulsa. Bixby and Jenks are at 91 percent, Union is 90 percent and Broken Arrow, Sand Springs and Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences is at 87 percent.

You can expect a wave of excuses from TPS board members and administrators. Their student population is poorer than the suburbs and Tulsa has a high level of minorities in its enrollment. They might add that Tulsa has a greater percentage of inner city students and students who are here illegally and can’t speak English.

One of the distinct problems is that Tulsa is top heavy with administration. Overpaid administrators at the Education Service Center not only siphon money from classroom teacher salaries but they also saddle teachers with administrative busy work that hampers true education.

While the value of a college degree is becoming more and more debatable, it is really difficult to wade through life without a high school diploma.

Tulsa Public Schools admittedly has a challenge. It’s just too bad that not sliding backwards is considered a moral victory by education bureaucrats.