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Oklahoma City Board of Education Office 5

The primary election for Office 5, Oklahoma City Board of Education, will be held on Tuesday, February 13. Because there are three candidates, if no candidate wins a majority of the votes, a runoff election will be held on April 3.School board elections are nonpartisan, and all registered voters living in this district are eligible to vote.Composed of seven members and a chair elected by district patrons, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education enacts policy, performs appraisals of policies and procedures, makes provisions of financial resources, maintains public relations, and continues educational planning and development.
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    Ruth R. Veales (NP) Retired

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Age 70
Address 3435 cobblestone dr
Education B. A . and M.ED
Professional Experience 40 years teaching and counseling
Campaign Email natrandwillt@yahoo.com
Campaign Phone (405) 401-3974
mapping a course that provides necessary opportunities students need to reach their full potential . "ITs better to build children than to repair adults" .
The district must develop a stronger and diverse discipline policy. And back to teaching grammar and phonics . develop more alternative schools . , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
IN the last five years I have substituted in public schools in Oklahoma city .
Age 61
Address 8821 Oakridge DR, Oklahoma City, OK 73110
Education Ruth Veales graduated from Crooked Oak High School. She received her certification in General Office Cluster at Opportunities Industrialization Center. Ruth earned a degree from Rose State College in Business Administration, with an emphasis in human resources.
Professional Experience Worked for 14 years at the Okla. City Branch of the Urban League. Employed by the City of Spencer Police Department until 2012. Licensed, Ordained Minister at Divine Wisdom Worship Center.
Community Organizations in which you participate Co-founder of the John H. Bowman Youth Camp held in July each year with an educational/socialization/life skills focus while having fun; President of "In Spite Of" youth organization; member of Grand Parents Raising Grandchildren Academy and Minister at Divine Wisdom Worship Center.
Campaign Email ruthrena@yahoo.com
Campaign Phone (405) 732-8122
Michelle Obama said, “Public education is our greatest pathway to opportunity in America.” I agree. I also believe that the opportunity for a quality education is a right and a key responsibility of our nation. The purpose is not only to provide an education, but a quality education. We only achieve our purpose when every child has access to a quality education.
Unfortunately, because of budget cuts and changes in district leadership we have not given many of our students the education they need. Thanks to the adoptions of the district first Equity Policy we are now working to ensure that all students are given the education they need. An analysis is currently underway that will guide us in providing funding and resources based on the needs of the students in the school. While this is a critical first step, another important initiatives we must pursue is an overhaul of our current remediation program. The majority of the students in our district are not on grade level. We cannot be successful until we are able to change that statistic. A successful remediation program will allow us to focus on rigor in our curriculum ensuring our students are getting the education they deserve.

Last, we must continue the fight to get the Oklahoma Legislature to provide the funding needed to attract and retain quality teachers.
Besides having the honor of serving on the OKCPS School board for the past 8 years. I am currently the Chairperson of the OKCPS Board Student Experience and Equity Committee and was selected to serve on the leadership team of the National School Board Association’s Council on Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).