Editor's List

The Hit and Miss of Education Reforms

Occasionally, I post pieces on my blog written by others. The blog I’m posting today was written by John Thompson, a retired Oklahoma City educator and writer. Thompson, who has a Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University, has been…

Does Disruption Serve Public School Families?

The Tulsa School Board will be hearing recommendations on four school closings tonight, ostensibly to save a couple million dollars toward the $20 million deficit facing TPS. I can’t help but wonder how the district knows what the school enrollment…

Where Does TPS Find $20 Million?

Facing a $20 million shortfall, the TPS administration invited the community to provide feedback on priorities. What to cut. What not to cut. You can find information on the process and the outcome at the Tulsa Public Schools website at…

Dog Drama, Part Deux

So, when last I wrote, I was anticipating the meeting of our rescued labradoodle, Sandy, with my daughter’s Austin Animal Aid street dog, Leroy. Having seen both dogs in action, I was concerned. My instincts were right. When we tried…

Talking Around the Table with TulsaPLAC

Last night I went to the Tulsa Parent Legislative Action Committee’s (OKPLAC) legislative forum. Organizers invited area legislators to meet with constituents at the Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy. Parents, teachers and concerned citizens sat at round tables with their policy-maker(s)…

What’s Scary about Charter Schools

I started writing this blog on Halloween – hence the “scary” headline – but decided to leave it up because expanding charter schools can be scary for real public schools, especially those in underserved neighborhoods where the charters turn neighborhood…

What Are You Training For?

I’ve been a runner for over 40 years, and people often ask me what I’m training for. If you know me well, you know I don’t wear a watch when I run; I don’t know exactly how far I’ve gone;…

So Much for Transparency

I have been a little skeptical about whether the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) is actually working FOR public schools or AGAINST them. The board of OPSRC looks like a school privatization club: Robert J. Ross Chair President and…

What I Learned Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

Last Friday, I had the pleasure/pain experience of hiking the approximately 22 miles (depends on the trails you take, etc.) rim-to-rim at the Grand Canyon with 16 friends and acquaintances, my husband and my daughter Anna. (WARNING: Cliches ahead) This…

Something’s Not Right with Tulsa Public Schools.

Editor’s Note: TPS invites community input on what to do about the budget at meetings at these locations: http://www.tulsaschools.org/about/teams/finance/budget/shaping-our-future/budget-redesign On Monday (9/16), TPS held its Annual State of the District Address at its Regular Meeting with little fanfare and less…

The Oklahoma Teacher Shortage and Other Myths

I recently attended a presentation on the state of education in Oklahoma at OU-Tulsa. The panelists included Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist, Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards. There…

Here We Are Once Again...

I had hoped to write a somewhat lighthearted blog about how dogs are like kids, but I don’t feel lighthearted today. Like you, my heart is heavy with the reality of two mass shootings, one in Texas and one in…

To the Moon:

I’m old enough to remember the Apollo 11 launch and Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk. If you’re interested in seeing some of that footage and learning more about the future of space travel, NASA TV has a schedule of…

Make Pie for the Fourth of July

Last week I was talking about ice cream with my co-workers. Specifically homemade ice cream. That brought back warm memories of my childhood in the summer when my mom would mix up the custard, and my dad would churn it…

What Is Your Child's Temperament?

My son could be difficult. He cried endlessly when left with a babysitter. He was a Mother’s Day Out drop-out, and didn’t want to play with the kids in our toddler playgroup. He didn’t like to try new things, and…

Parents! Do You Talk to Your Kids About Sex?

When one of my daughters was in sixth grade, we went to a sex ed class together. Kids (male and female) and parents sat around a table while an educator (who was a nurse) talked about contraceptives, STIs (Sexually Transmitted…

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Living the empty nest life, and loving it.

About This Blog

Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. Most recently, she was named the 2017 News Blogger of the Year. She has also won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.