Oklahoma’s school-to-prison pipeline

Reimagining discipline in Oklahoma public schools



Georgia Brooks

 

“When schools are suspending students at high rates, we are, in fact, contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline. (African-American students) are significantly more likely to be suspended than students of another race.” 

— Former Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard, as reported in Sept. 11, 2015 edition of The Oklahoman 

 

Schools too often problematize students of color and exclude them. The disproportionate punishment of students of color in general, and young black males in particular, appears strikingly evident in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City school districts, according to a 2015 report from The Oklahoman. This raises concerns about fairness and justice. 

Nationally, schools suspend and expel three times more black primary and secondary school students than white students, as reported to the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR). American Indian and Native Alaskan students comprise less than 1 percent of the student population, yet account for 2 percent of out-of-school suspensions and 3 percent of expulsions. Others students of color also experience disproportionate disciplinary sanctions. The U.S. Department of Education reports imbalances in school discipline begin as early as pre-K.

These early discrepancies in how schools mete out punishment seed down-the-line hardships for disciplined students and social problems for communities. In 2015, the Civil Rights Project said the staggering and foreseeable consequences borne by suspended and expelled students include: learning deficits, an enhanced risk of becoming high school dropouts and a predisposition toward criminality.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy defines the school-to-prison pipeline as “a social phenomenon where legal policies, education policies and social constructs funnel struggling children from schools to jails and prisons.”

Contributing factors to the school-to-prison pipeline include poverty, implicit bias, school policies (e.g., zero-tolerance, overemphasis on testing), ineffective strategies for meeting the needs of students with disabilities and the failure to address trauma-related issues tied to the destruction of traditional Native American cultures. 

The Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the USCCR hosted public hearings in 2015 on the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The USCCR is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with studying and advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing federal civil rights enforcement reports. 

School administrators, teachers, legal professionals, nonprofit organizations, academics and advocates offered verbal and written testimony. The Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the USCCR sought to determine the extent to which the application of school disciplinary and juvenile justice policies in Oklahoma discriminatorily impact students on the basis of race, color and/or sex. 

The Center for American Progress said that due in part to the pipeline, consignment to confinement now seems a mathematical probability for boys of color. “C” for convict has become the 21st century scarlet letter. 

Dr. Paul Ketchum, professor of criminal justice at the University of Oklahoma, noted that the race of the offender more profoundly influences the severity of juvenile court referrals, expulsions and school-based arrests than does the offense itself. There is nothing to suggest that nonwhite students have worse behavioral problems than white students, though nonwhite students have disproportionate contact with “the system.” This leaves boys of color academically delayed, disinterested and virtually abandoned by educators. They drop out, not just from school, but from productive life — a vicious cycle begun. 

For African Americans, the school-to-prison pipeline represents just one facet of “the New Jim Crow”: a latticework of laws, policies and practices that ensnare thousands of black men in the system’s vortex. That entanglement leads inexorably to incarceration and, with it, a pariah-like, lifelong status. This near-death spiral captures children, families and communities in a web of poverty and privation that saps our nation’s productivity and prosperity. Life in lockup adversely affects individual and family prospects across generations.

The Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the USCCR made several recommendations:

  • A national study on the impact of school funding on race/color-based gaps in educational outcomes
  • Uniform licensing requirements to ensure that all law enforcement officers working in schools are properly trained and equipped to respond in an age-appropriate manner
  • State-imposed mandatory disciplinary policy reforms for schools with significant disparities in disciplinary actions on the basis of race, color or disability (e.g., cultural competence/implicit bias training)
  • School district-initiated measures to ensure that students receive a quality educational experience, even if in the context of an alternative schooling arrangement.  

Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline is both imperative and urgent. We must act with dispatch and decisiveness to reimagine discipline in Oklahoma public schools. 

The Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the USCCR seeks to foster constructive dialogue leading to the creation and implementation of strategies that slow, and ultimately eliminate, the school-to-prison pipeline. The operative assumption is that knowledge-sharing must precede behavior modification.

The Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the USCCR conveyed its recommendations to its headquarters in Washington, D.C., together with a request to disseminate the suggestions to the following federal agencies with relevant jurisdiction: The Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights; the Department of Education, Office of Indian Education; and the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In addition, the proposals will be shared with Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and public schools.

Local and state leaders should continue to monitor school discipline data and consider appropriate site and/or system-based interventions designed to reduce significant disparities in the application of discipline, especially suspensions and expulsions. Concerned individuals should request demographic discipline data from school boards and school administrators from which they may determine the prevalence and significance of a school-to-prison pipeline. Apathy and a lack of transparency serve no one’s interest.

Schools have begun to grapple with this troublesome issue. In July 2016, Tulsa Public Schools adopted new student discipline guidelines that introduced alternatives to suspension for less serious offenses. The TPS Board of Education adopted the TPS Behavior Response Plan for 2016-2017. This plan reflects a new disciplinary approach emphasizing intervention over punishment in appropriate cases. While much remains to be done, such progress should spark hope and provide the foundation for a continued commitment to identify sustainable solutions.

Visit usccr.gov for more information on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

 

 

 

Hannibal B. Johnson, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is an attorney, author, consultant and college professor. He serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and is the author of books on African-American history and culture.   

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Telephone: 918-683-1701
Contact Name: Executive Director - Sean Barney
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Tulsa Botanic Garden celebrates 2017 Autumn In the Garden from October 5 until November 12. Tulsa Botanic Garden has transformed into an autumn paradise! Featured elements throughout Autumn in...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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Also features a silent auction and door prizes. $12; includes dinner, dessert and Bunco.

Cost: $12, admission

Where:
St. Anne's Catholic Church, Parish Hall
301 S. Ninth St.
Broken Arrow, OK
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Sponsor: Broken Arrow Blue Star Mothers
Telephone: 918-808-0747
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Pete Tomshany is an original instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who will share his dynamic, eclectic and adventurous stylings on acoustic guitar starting at 6pm. Mr. Nice Guys food truck will be...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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In its 7th annual year, Badges nÕ Barbeques will bring together the most fierce competitors comprised of area law enforcement and firefighters to serve up some of the best barbecue. With...

Cost: 75

Where:
Christiansen Jet Center
200 W. Learjet Lane
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Tulsa Crime Stoppers
Telephone: 918-585-5209
Contact Name: Jennifer Rush
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Working in large-scale paper and graphite collages, Mark Lewis, Applied Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa, builds up layers of paper to create highly dimensional urban landscapes,...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108 Contemporary
Telephone: 918-895-6302
Contact Name: 108 Contemporary Intern
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Fall is here!.... and that means excellent weather for strolling from gallery to gallery to see the season's newest exhibits!  join us on october 6th to enjoy  and exhibit by talented...

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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"...a first-rate shocker, the suspense drama we've long awaited eagerly." -New York Post In 1944 New York, a Greenwich Village apartment becomes the scene for a deadly game of...

Cost: $30

Where:
Tulsa Little Theatre
1511 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Encore! Tulsa
Telephone: 918-625-6712
Contact Name: Mindy Barker
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Reynolds Center
3208 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $19-$45

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: SOLD OUT

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $75-$85

Where:
Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Teams of law enforcement officers and firefighters compete for Best BBQ honors, judged by Rib Crib. Food, beer, wine and live entertainment by the Tom FBasler Dueling Piano Show.

Cost: $75, admission

Where:
Christiansen Aviation Jet Center
200 Lear Jet Lane
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Tulsa Crime Stoppers
Telephone: 918-585-2509
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This October, Red Gold and Feeding America are encouraging families to share a family meal and help crush hunger in the process. For each  Red Gold/Redpack/Tuttorosso/Huy Fong canned tomato...

Cost: 0

Where:
Whole Foods
1401 E 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74105
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Red Gold Tomatoes

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Buy a Care Card and enjoy up to 20% off early holiday shopping at over 200 stores and restaurants.

Cost: 60

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Benefits Family & Children's Services
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Storytelling is a timeless tradition that we use, not just to entertain, but to pass down our customs, history and heritage. Many have told these stories through art. Images of our creation,...

Cost: Adults - $3; Seniors - $2 ; Students - $1.50 ; Under 5 yrs - Free

Where:
Five Civilized Tribes Museum
1101 Honor Heights Drive
Muskogee, OK  74401
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Sponsor: Five Civilized Tribes Museum
Telephone: 918-683-1701
Contact Name: Executive Director - Sean Barney
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Tulsa Botanic Garden celebrates 2017 Autumn In the Garden from October 5 until November 12. Tulsa Botanic Garden has transformed into an autumn paradise! Featured elements throughout Autumn in...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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I hope you will join me at our annual fundraising luncheon, to hear the HOSPITALITY HOUSE OF TULSA story and consider making a gift. RSVP to Rhonda at rmcdaniel@HHTulsa.org or 918-794-0088 x205...

Cost: free

Where:
Ti Amo
6024 S. Sheridan
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Hospitality House of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-794-0088 x205
Contact Name: Rhonda McDaniel
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Nicole Carrington hosts a Halloween edition of bingo, with appearances by Rainbow Granny and Trailer Trash Teresa.

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E 4th St
Tulsa, OK
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. Trick-or-treat event, with mermaids and pirates, a bounce house, PeeWee Pirate Zone, Trick-or-Treat Trail, and a costume contest. All ages.

Cost: $7, kids; $10, adults; $6, kids (members); $9, adults (members)

Where:
Tulsa Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1503
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Working in large-scale paper and graphite collages, Mark Lewis, Applied Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa, builds up layers of paper to create highly dimensional urban landscapes,...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108 Contemporary
Telephone: 918-895-6302
Contact Name: 108 Contemporary Intern
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Giving Spirits is a one-of-a-kind whiskey tasting experience to benefit the Food Bank. Over the course of the evening, guests will sample whiskeys from all over the world, enjoy a paired gourmet...

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St.
, OK
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Sponsor: Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-936-4544
Contact Name: Cathy Wilkie
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Fall is here!.... and that means excellent weather for strolling from gallery to gallery to see the season's newest exhibits!  join us on october 6th to enjoy  and exhibit by talented...

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Once a year, for five nights only, the Oklahoma Aquarium opens its doors to trick-or-treaters of all ages to enjoy a safe, fun, indoor alternative to traditional Halloween activities. Activities...

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Oklahoma Aquarium
Contact Name: Kara Lovell
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The 7th Annual Corks & Kegs is a Halloween-themed wine and beer tasting event. Over 400 guests will enjoy beers and wines from around the world, paired with food from some of TulsaÕs finest...

Cost: $125 - $250

Where:
Mayo Hotel
115 W 5th St
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Telephone: 918-744-6354
Contact Name: Meggie Gaskins
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HallowZOOeen is a premier spooky (but not-too scary) Halloween trick-or-treat event at the Tulsa Zoo for the whole family. The zoo offers an alternative to traditional Halloween activities and...

Cost: $7, zoo members; $8, general admission

Where:
Tulsa Zoo
6421 E. 36th St. N
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Tulsa Zoo
Telephone: 918-669-6224
Contact Name: Sarah Bowen
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Once a year for 5 nights, the Oklahoma Aquarium opens its doors to trick-or-treaters of all ages to enjoy a safe, fun, indoor alternative to traditional Halloween activities. HallowMarine 2017 will...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Dr
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
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"...a first-rate shocker, the suspense drama we've long awaited eagerly." -New York Post In 1944 New York, a Greenwich Village apartment becomes the scene for a deadly game of...

Cost: $30

Where:
Tulsa Little Theatre
1511 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Encore! Tulsa
Telephone: 918-625-6712
Contact Name: Mindy Barker
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Tulsa Spotlighters will present a special Friday performance of the longest-running play in the country, The Drunkard, with all proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army.

Where:
Spotlight Theatre
1381 Riverside Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Dr. Omalu, the first doctor to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in American football players, speaks about his experience.

Cost: Tickets available through subscription with Tulsa Town Hall

Where:
Chapman Music Hall - Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
American Legion Post 1
1120 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Philbrook Museum
2727 S Rockford Rd
Tulsa, OK
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See the 1920s horror classics Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Nosferatu while Austin band The Invincible Czars perform live original scores.

Cost: $12/single film, $18/both films

Where:
Circle Cinema
10 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Enjoy whiskeys from around the world and a paired gourmet menu from local chefs while benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Cost: $150

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where sweet tooth meets shark tooth.

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Dr
Jenks, OK
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Various times, during store venue hours. Get 20 percent off when shopping at more than 200 Tulsa stores.

Cost: $60

Where:
200 Tulsa Stores
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: Family and Children's Services
Telephone: 918-639-0453
Contact Name: Dee Harris
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Trick or treat with the biggest party animals in town.

Where:
Tulsa Zoo
6421 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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See performances by your favorite Wonderland residents.

Where:
She Theatre & Lounge
321 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hurricane Stadium
512 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Cooper Aerobics Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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All 27 Community Action Project schools. Donated books will be read to children by guests and local celebrities, then given to families receiving assistance from the Community Action Program.

Cost: FREE

Where:
27 Community Action Project schools
All 27 Community Action Project schools
, OK
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Sponsor: Community Action Project (CAP)
Telephone: 918-382-3200
Contact Name: Meggie Gaskins
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
American Legion Post 308
11328 E Admiral Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Ed's Hurricane Lounge
3216 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Utopia Bar & Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $22.50-$79

Where:
Brady Theater
105 W M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Pepper's Grill
2809 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $12

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $30-$40

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run is turning 40! Come celebrate four decades of running in Tulsa by participating in the most historic race in Oklahoma. From its humble beginnings in 1978...

Cost: $15-$75

Where:
West 6th Street and Boulder
Tulsa , OK  74119


Sponsor: Tulsa Sports Commission
Telephone: 918-560-0270
Contact Name: Heath Aucoin
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Since 1978, thousands of runners have convened in Downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma for Tulsa's most iconic footrace, the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run. In order to create a...

Cost: free

Where:
Eugene Field Elementary
2249 S Phoenix Ave
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: RiverParks
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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This October, Red Gold and Feeding America are encouraging families to share a family meal and help crush hunger in the process. For each  Red Gold/Redpack/Tuttorosso/Huy Fong canned tomato...

Cost: 0

Where:
Whole Foods
1401 E 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74105
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Red Gold Tomatoes

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Oklahoma's Largest Halloween Celebration! Pancake breakfast, Pet Costume Contest, Children's Costume Contest, Kid Zones, Trick-or-Treating, and the annual BooHaHa parade.

Where:
Brookside
33rd-49th on South Peoria
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Brookside Business Association
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Tulsa Botanic Garden celebrates 2017 Autumn In the Garden from October 5 until November 12. Tulsa Botanic Garden has transformed into an autumn paradise! Featured elements throughout Autumn in...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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Spotlight on Special Needs, presented by TulsaKids, is a free and open-to-the-public event that will feature four speakers as well as informational and resource booths providing products related to...

Cost: Free

Where:
OU-Tulsa
4502 E. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: TulsaKids
Telephone: 918-582-8504
Contact Name: Tara Rittler
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Come by for our open house! We’ll have lots of fun for everyone: Face painting by Karen Refreshments Stained Glass Demonstrations Open workshop space for past students and it’s all FREE!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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Harvest Hayday! October 28, from 11am - 2pm. Come celebrate the arrival of fall! With hayrides, games, trunk or treating, emergency vehicles, a petting zoo, and more, Asbury is bringing in the...

Cost: Free, except food items for purchase from Food Trucks

Where:
Asbury UMC
6767 S. Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Asbury UMC
Telephone: 918-392-1165
Contact Name: Kim Broadhurst
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The Washington Irving Festival is a free event open to the community. It is a day to enjoy food, inflatables and costume contests. As evening approaches, sit back, relax and enjoy the movie...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington Irving Memorial Park & Arboretum
13700 South Memorial Drive
Bixby, OK  74008
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Sponsor: Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 918-366-9445
Contact Name: Tashia Taylor
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In this 3 hour class,you will learn about the art of stained glass design, then build a stained glass Garden Spirit to brighten your home or garden. Nurture your creative spirit with a group...

Cost: $39.00

Where:
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Tulsa Stained Glass
Telephone: 918-664-8604
Contact Name: Richard Bohm
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Paws on Pearl 2nd Annual Howl-o-Ween Celebration and Costume Contest Help us celebrate the season with food, fun and a dog/owner costume contest with lots of great prizes and giveaways....

Cost: n/a

Where:
Paws on Pearl
609 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Paws on Pearl
Telephone: 918-508-7362
Contact Name: Joy Toburen
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This seminar will be facilitated by Kathy Campbell, PharmD. She will discuss hormones, their functions and how you can work to get them in balance.  This is a very informative discussion that...

Cost: 79.00

Where:
Medicap Pharmacy
130 S MAIN STREET
OWASSO, OK  74055
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Sponsor: Medicap Pharmacy
Telephone: 918-274-1737
Contact Name: Dena
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Working in large-scale paper and graphite collages, Mark Lewis, Applied Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa, builds up layers of paper to create highly dimensional urban landscapes,...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108 Contemporary
Telephone: 918-895-6302
Contact Name: 108 Contemporary Intern
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Fall is here!.... and that means excellent weather for strolling from gallery to gallery to see the season's newest exhibits!  join us on october 6th to enjoy  and exhibit by talented...

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Once a year for 5 nights, the Oklahoma Aquarium opens its doors to trick-or-treaters of all ages to enjoy a safe, fun, indoor alternative to traditional Halloween activities. HallowMarine 2017 will...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Dr
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
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The Official Unit D Halloween Party!! Costume Contest, Pinata's and great live music.  

Cost: 13.00

Where:
Unit D
1238 W.41st Street
Tulsa, OK  74134
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  Andrew Grams returns to Tulsa to guest conduct Tchaikovsky’s emotional Symphony No. 6 the “Pathétique.” This program will also feature Tim McFadden (principal...

Cost: $15-$70

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Symphony
Telephone: 918-584-3645
Contact Name: Amy Roark
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"...a first-rate shocker, the suspense drama we've long awaited eagerly." -New York Post In 1944 New York, a Greenwich Village apartment becomes the scene for a deadly game of...

Cost: $30

Where:
Tulsa Little Theatre
1511 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Encore! Tulsa
Telephone: 918-625-6712
Contact Name: Mindy Barker
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Where:
Case Soccer Complex
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$85

Where:
Downtown Tulsa
6th St & Boulder Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hurricane Stadium
512 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Tulsa Sympony performs Tchaikovsky's PathŽtique, Aaron Copland's Quiet City, and Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.

Cost: $15-$70

Where:
Chapman Music Hall - Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Reynolds Center
3208 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Hang with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and enter the costume contest, which has a $5,000 grand prize.

Where:
Hard Rock Casino
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Beehive Lounge
2405 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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3 p.m., parade. Pancake breakfast, trick-or-treating, kids’ costume contest, pet costume contest and parade.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Brookside District
South Peoria Avenue from East 49th Street to East 33rd Street
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Brookside Business Association
Telephone: 918-260-7680
Contact Name: Pat Kroblin
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Making plans for this weekend? You can't do better than The Drunkard & The Olio at the historic Spotlight Theater. You know you've always wanted to go, and now's your chance. And if...

Cost: Adults $20, kids $12, seniors & military $17

Where:
Spotlight Theater
1381 Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Cost: $20-$35

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Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Fassler Hall
304 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Rodeo Nightclub's party offers a $500 grand prize in their costume contest.

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Rodeo Nightclub
9379 E 46th St
Tulsa, OK
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A dance party in three adjacent venues, The Spider Ball also has a $1,000 grand-prize costume contest.

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
IDL Ballroom, Enso Bar, Unicorn Club
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Music by DJ Noodles and a costume contest with five $1,000 prizes, each for a different category.

Where:
River Spirit Casino
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Yellow Brick Road
2630 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Wyld Hawgz
6151 E 51st St
Tulsa, OK
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OK Chive hosts this party with DJ Eclectic Disposition, karaoke, raffles, auctions, and more. Proceeds benefit B.O.L.D., which helps to support living dependents of fallen bikers.

Cost: $5

Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Take part in cosplay and carved pumpkin contests, a scavenger hunt, gaming, and karaoke.

Cost: $10

Where:
Central Library
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Dance the night away with DJ Soule and enter the costume contest at Chandler Park.

Cost: $3

Where:
Chandler Park
6500 W 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Drink beautiful works of latte art with a spooky theme.

Where:
Foolish Things Coffee Company
1001 S Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: SOLD OUT

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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