By John Taggart-BrownTulsa Public Schools, a publicly funded school district in the state of Oklahoma, has just opened its first online course for students in 2018.
The course, which is being offered online, will be offered from December 1st to June 30th.
“The course will provide a foundation for students to build their careers and gain skills that will allow them to achieve their dream of becoming a licensed educator in the Tulsa Public Schools system,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Bill Brown in a press release.
Tulsan public schools, which opened in October 2017, have about 7,000 students enrolled.
The school district has been a major battleground in the US state of politics since it began offering public education in 2016.
The state’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, has repeatedly called for privatizing the public schools and the district has repeatedly opposed the moves.
During a September 2016 hearing, the governor said: “When you start doing things that are just too expensive, it’s going to be more expensive for people.”
The Tulsa school district received an $8.9 million grant from the federal government to begin offering the online course, the Tulsa World reported.
Travis County, Oklahoma, is the largest county in the United States with more than 9.5 million people, according to the Census Bureau.
In 2017, the US Department of Education reported that Tulsa had a “disproportionately low” enrollment rate of 13.7 percent, which includes both charter and public schools.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tulsa had the third highest unemployment rate in the country, with an average of 14.4 percent.
The Tulsa public school district is also the first in the nation to offer a certificate in public education.
The certificate is offered through the Tulsa Area Community College.
The courses can be accessed via a website or from the Tulsa City School District.
The course costs $2,000.