'Backpack Full of Cash' Screening and Panel Discussion

When: Thursday, Sept. 20, 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave.

What and Why:

With the expansion of charter schools in Tulsa and around the state, parents and others interested in public education have questions. What is a charter school? How are charter schools funded? Who controls charter schools? Last spring, Oklahoma teachers walked out to call attention to, not only low pay, but lack of resources in the schools. Are charter schools helping or hurting already strained resources? 

To help you learn more, TulsaKids Media is sponsoring a screening of the documentary "Backpack Full of Cash" followed by a panel discussion on Thurs., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at Circle Cinema. 

Panelists include: Dr. John Cox, public school superintendent; Eric Doss, director of quality charter services, Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (former administrator for Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences); Jennettie Marshall, Tulsa Public Schools Board member; Rob Miller, superintendent of Bixby Public Schools, Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent of the Year; Darryl Bright, Citizens United for a Better Education System; Andrea Castañeda, Chief Innovation Officer with Tulsa Public Schools; John Waldron, Social Studies Teacher at Booker T. Washington High School.

 Come join this important community dialogue.

Remember: Students and Teachers always get a discount at Circle Cinema! Tickets are $9.50 for adults, and $7.50 for students, teachers, military and seniors. 

Learn more about the film at www.backpackfullofcash.com.

Purchase tickets at www.circlecinema.com

Watch the Trailer Below:

Panelist Information

Dr. John Cox

Dr. John Cox is in his 25th year as Superintendent of Peggs Public School and his 33rd year in public education. A fierce advocate for our public schools and our children, Dr. Cox serves on various state-wide boards representing and promoting our public schools.  He is currently President of the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators, Chairman of the Oklahoma Schools Assurance Group, and President of the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools, among other boards he serves on.

Dr. Cox holds a Doctorate of Education and a Educational Specialist Degree from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and a Master’s in Counseling from Northeastern State University.  He is a trustee on the Northeastern State University Alumni Board and carries a life-time membership to the OSU and NSU Alumni Associations.  As an adjunct professor, Dr. Cox teaches administrative skills to aspiring Principals and Superintendents.

Dr. Cox’s favorite past-time is traveling to new places with his wife Rhonda and loving-on and spending time with their two grandchildren, Marcus and Brynlee.

Eric Doss

Eric Doss is currently the Director of Quality Charter Services for Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC). He works with charter schools across the state of Oklahoma to develop and expand while supporting authorizers as well.

After an award-winning career as a band director and music teacher in both Texas and Oklahoma, Eric took over the leadership of Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences (TSAS) in 2010. During this time, he negotiated a move from the school's home in an office building to an historic district owned building then coordinated the recovery from the fire that destroyed that building and the move to the current location. In 2015 TSAS was named a National Blue Ribbon School and in 2016, moved to its final home in the Roosevelt school building expanding to 7-12th grade. 

Eric was raised in Tulsa, attending public schools. He received a Bachelor's of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master's of Education from the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Rachel and two daughters.

Jennettie Marshall, District 3

Ms. Jennettie Marshall was elected to her post in April 2017. Her term will expire in February 2021.

Ms. Marshall has a strong history of serving people through her ministerial duties, funeral service duties, and volunteer work. Jennettie retired from the State of Oklahoma where she worked for the Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services. She also served the City of Tulsa as a police and fire chaplain and was trained in emergency disaster response and hostage negotiation. In 1994, Ms. Marshall established Reclaim Inc., a program that specializes in serving as a "vehicle of change and r4edirection" for families, juveniles and adults.

Jennettie holds an associates in political science, bachelor of science in corrections, masters of science in business management, associates in applied science in funeral service, attended Phillips Theological Seminary and is completing her seminary coursework through Andersonville Theological Seminary. She is the founding pastor of Living Sanctuary Evangelistic Ministries and previously served as Senior Pastor of Snowden Chapel and Macedonia Christian Methodist Episcopal churches.

Ms. Marshall is the proud mother of three children, DeAndrae Sr., LaKesha Caraway and LaToya (deceased). She is the proud grandmother of twelve grandchildren.

Schools in Ms. Marshall’s election district include ECDC Bunche; Academy Central, Anderson, Burroughs, Celia Clinton, Gilcrease, Hamilton, Hawthorne, Unity Learning Academy, Penn and Whitman elementary schools; Dual Language Academy; Monroe Demonstration Academy; McLain 7th Grade Academy; Central Jr. and Sr. High and McLain Jr. and Sr. high schools.

Rob Miller

Rob Miller is in his first year as Superintendent of Bixby Public Schools following three years as Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration in Sand Springs. Prior to this, Rob spent eleven years as the site principal of Jenks Middle School. He has an M.S. degree in Education Leadership and a B.S. degree in Geology. 

Mr. Miller has been in public education for 25 years, following ten years as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps. As a teacher he was twice selected as a site teacher of the year and was the Jenks Public School Teacher of the Year in 1999. 

Rob was recently honored as the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent of the Year. He was previously selected as CCOSA’s 2015 Oklahoma Middle School Principal of the Year and was one of six national finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principal (NASSP) Principal of the Year. Rob was also selected as the 2014 Recipient of the Advocate for Academic Freedom Award from the Oklahoma Education Association.

Rob is married to his wonderful wife, Anna. They are blessed with five children and three grandchildren. His favorite education quote is from Nicholas Ferroni: “Children who are loved come to school to learn, and those who aren’t, come to school to be loved.”

Darryl Bright

Darryl Bright is the current chairman and charter member of a grassroots quality education advocacy organization, Citizens United for a Better Educational System (CUBES), which was founded in November 1987. He has been retired since 2010, before which he worked as a Safety Manager for Bama Company, Inc. He has lived in Tulsa 37 years and has been married to his wife, Joyce Bright, for 44 years.

Bright studied at the University of Kansas, receiving his B.A. in Speech Communications and Human Relations. He has been a mentor at the Salvation Army North Mabee Boys and Girls Club for 31 years and is currently a member of the Salvation Army North Mabee Boys and Girls Club's Advisory Committee. Bright has also been a tutor in the Reading Partners Program for five years and currently tutors at three different TPS schools as part of this program. 

He is also the president of McLain's PTSA, the vice-president of Oklahoma All State PTA and a member of the McLain Foundation. In 2017, he was appointed as a Commissioner to serve on the first Greater Tulsa African-American Affairs Commission. He also served as a member for over 30 years on various TPS committees charged with developing site improvement plans.

Some Community Awards and recognition that Bright has received include: "Hall of Honor Community Service Award" presented by the 100 Black Men of Tulsa, Inc.; "Greenwood Image Builder Award" (2009), presented by the North Tulsa Heritage Foundation, Inc.; "Friends of Football Volunteer Award," presented by the Youth Football Fund of the National Football League; "The President's Volunteer Service Award" (2010, 2011, 2012), presented by the President of the United States of America.

Andrea Castañeda​

Andrea Castañeda joined Tulsa Public Schools as the Chief Innovation Officer in July 2017. Before joining Tulsa Public Schools, Andrea spent her 15 years working in district and state leadership roles in Rhode Island. During that time, she led departments including operations, finance, secondary education, English language learner services, charter authorizing, special education, and virtual and blended learning. Andrea has degrees in education from Brown University and Harvard University.

John Waldron

John Waldron was born the 8th of 9 children in New Jersey, and attended the University of Virginia and The George Washington University.  He began teaching high school social studies in Washington DC in 1993.  He came to Tulsa in 1999 to teach at Booker T. Washington High School.  Courses taught include International Baccalaureate World History, AP Comparative Government, Ancient and Medieval History, Constitutional Law and US Government.  He was the 2003 Tulsa Public Schools Teacher of the Year.  In 2007 he was named Educator of the Year by the National Council for International Visitors.  He received his National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification that same year.  In 2009 he began compiling a history of Booker T. in anticipation of its 100th anniversary in 2013.  He was part of the 2010-11 Leadership Tulsa program.  In 2013 he was named Oklahoma Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.  In April 2016 he received the Claude Dyer Memorial Award for legislative advocacy on behalf of education. He is married to Krista Baxter Waldron, also a high school teacher.  They have a son Van, age 10. 

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