Booker T. Washington Foundation donates $150,000 to fund teaching positions

Originally posted on Tulsa World
With budget woes leading to districtwide cost cutting, concerned alumni and supporters of one Tulsa public school are stepping in with a $150,000 gift. In a news conference Thursday at the school, the Booker T. Washington Foundation for Excellence announced that it will make a donation in that amount to Booker T. Washington High School specifically to pay for four teaching positions the school is slated to lose going into next school year. BTW was facing the loss of 10 total teacher positions for 2016-17, according to recent district staffing plans. District officials said the reduction would result from either attrition, or teachers being moved to other school sites, as determined by need. Speakers at the news conference on Thursday said those losses, however, would deal a blow to BTW’s ability to maintain its tradition of excellence.

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Millennial activist – Booker T. grad goes to Washington, plans a future in public policy.

Originally Posted on TulsaPeople
It doesn’t take long for Nathan Levit to impress. The recent Booker T. Washington High School graduate has a list of accomplishments long enough to make anyone question how they spent their formative years. Two years in Washington, D.C., as a baby left an impression at an early age. At the time, his father, Ken Levit — now the executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation — worked for then-U.S. Sen. David Boren. In his sophomore year in high school, Nathan Levit worked for his first political campaign when Suzanne Schreiber ran for the Tulsa school board in 2014. She won in a landslide. As campaign manager, Levit took charge of social media, engaging volunteers and helping create good strategies.

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