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“It is impossible to pass a test without a teacher,” Douglass High School students voice concerns during press conference

OKLAHOMA CITY - It's something  you don't see every day.    Douglass High School students took the podium to hold their own press  conference, saying they are worried over how their school is treated by the  Oklahoma City Public School District.    The students were nudged to take action after a classroom discussion about the  Civil Rights Movement.    The students collectively decided to shed some light on what they feel their  school is lacking, and how it is directly affecting their ability to learn.    One by one, junior and senior students at Douglass took to the microphone in  solidarity.    "We have not failed Oklahoma City Public Schools, you have failed us", says Leah  Houston, a junior at Douglass.    Each student speaker pointed to a lack of resources at the school as the reason  for failure on standardized tests.    "The junior class has not had a science teacher since the seventh grade", says  junior Deandre Harris. "As a result, we had a 95 percent failure rate on an  E.O.I. biology exam. It is impossible to pass a test without a teacher."    A startling fact to one Douglass teacher.    Carolyn Shelton teaches 11th grade English.    When she heard the students wanted to demonstrate peacefully, she got behind  them.    "The community meetings they were listening to the experts, but nobody bothered  to come to them and ask them why they were on the 'F' list", says Shelton.    The students' concerns are not falling on deaf ears.    OKC Schools Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora has reached out to the students  and wants to meet with them.    A statement from the district reads, in part:    "We must have an open conversation to figure out what can be done to improve  this relationship with our students."    The district also hopes to clear up confusion about Douglass possibly being  slated to become a charter school.    Students expressed displeasure at the idea.    District officials say, while it was discussed to possibly share Douglass campus  facilities with a local charter school, there are no plans to make the high  school a charter school.


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