Q: Are there hidden costs to OPSRC membership?
A: Schools pay an annual fee of $2,500. For that, they receive year-round, unlimited access to our staff, including consulting and professional development. The only service that includes an extra cost is our website offering, which is a one-time fee of $750 and $100 per year thereafter.
Q: Where do you hold all your trainings?
A: While we have several training rooms here in our Oklahoma City office, we hold PD all over the state, including regional events at various career tech facilities, our satellite office in downtown Tulsa and at individual school locations.
Q: Can we request services or trainings that are not listed on your site?
A: Absolutely! Every district has different needs, so if you have an idea for a training or you need PD on a specific topic, we are happy to take requests.
Q: Does OPSRC support vouchers?
A: OPSRC is a resource center created to support and advocate on behalf of all public schools across Oklahoma. Therefore, we do not support vouchers, which would send public dollars to private schools.
Q: What are charter schools?
A: Charter schools are public schools (by law) that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Because they receive public funding, they are open to all students, they do not charge tuition to attend and they do not have special admission requirements. For more information on Oklahoma’s public charter schools, please visit www.okcharters.org.
Q: How are you funded?
A: In addition to annual membership fees, we have 4 foundations that fund the OPSRC: The George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Inasmuch Foundation, The Charles & Lynn Schusterman Foundation, & The Walton Family Foundation.
Q: If I have a question and am not sure whom I should call, where should I start?
A: Our main office number is 405-212-4802. You can also reach our staff directly by email. The format we use is firstname.lastname@example.org. For example, email Brent Bushey at email@example.com. All our emails are located on the Our Staff page here on our website.
Q: Can an individual school within a district join the resource center?
A: Certainly. While we prefer an entire district to become a member so all district schools can reap membership benefits, we do have individual schools that have joined as well.