Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Public Schools are going straight to the top seeking a grant of more than $50-million. The TPS is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The $55-million grant would establish a performance based pay system for teachers. The initiative would raise salaries, offer incentives to keep high quality teachers and dismiss those found to be ineffective. TPS is also looking for $15-million in donations from local philanthropists.
Tulsa, OK – Agencies help people in homeless camps
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Social service organizations are working with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office to break up several homeless camps and help residents find permanent housing.
Mental health, social service and housing providers have visited two homeless camps in Tulsa. The group spoke to about 25 people including parents with adult children, couples and single men and women.
WASHINGTON (AP) Regulators have shut down banks in Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Oklahoma, boosting to 68 the number of federally insured banks to fail this year amid the pressures of the weak economy and mounting loan defaults.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Osage Nation has filed an appeal of a federal court decision that rejected the tribe's attempt to exempt members who live and work in Osage County from state income taxes.
The tribe filed the appeal earlier this week with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It seeks to overturn U.S. District Judge James Payne's ruling in the tribe's lawsuit against the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Tulsa, OK – Company says worker disregarded training
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Lawyers for Cintas Corp., the country's largest uniform supplier, claim in a court document that a worker who died in 2007 at the company's Tulsa plant "consciously disregarded his training."
The filing this week in Tulsa federal court by the Cincinnati-based company states that Eleazar Torres-Gomez received and understood training on how to safely clear laundry jams at the plant.