To ensure that every Tulsan is appropriately represented by the Tulsa Board of Education, state law requires that school districts complete a redistricting process every decade after the completion of the United States Census.* During this process, board district boundaries are revised and re-drawn based on relevant changes in district populations, and the Board of Education is asking Tulsans to share their feedback on proposed changes!
What changes happen during the redistricting process?
It is important to know that the redistricting process does not change student attendance boundaries or school district boundaries.
For Tulsa voters, the redistricting process only affects which board member represents you based on your home address.
For Tulsa schools, the redistricting process only affects which board member represents the board district in which the school is located.
How are proposed changes to board district boundaries developed?
Proposed boundary changes are developed through a partnership with Indian Nations Council of Governments, and the process is led by an ad hoc committee of board members. There are a number of considerations to account for in this redistricting process, and any proposed boundary revisions are designed around the following criteria:
The difference in population sizes between the largest and smallest board districts cannot be more than 10%;
Boundaries must be drawn based on clearly visible and definable physical features (such as streets or rivers);
Boundaries should - as much as possible - align with city precinct boundaries;
Boundaries must meet all requirements of the Voting Rights Act.
Additionally, the redistricting process prioritizes:
Minimizing district changes and maintaining the core of existing districts;
Including at least one high school in each board district; and
Ensuring that current board members remain in the districts they represent.
How can Tulsans be involved in the redistricting process?
We are asking Tulsans to review the proposed district maps and share their feedback using this survey. This survey will be open until Friday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m.
There will also be two opportunities for members of the public to provide comments on the proposed board district boundaries:
- Monday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. - Education Service Center, Selman room
- Monday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Regular meeting of the Board
- Events determined by individual board members within their district
- Further feedback sessions to be scheduled, if needed
After the closure of the survey and public comment opportunities, an ad hoc committee led by President Stacey Woolley and including Board Members John Croisant and Jennettie Marshal will use these comments to inform a final recommendation. This recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education before the end of the 2022 calendar year.
*This process was slightly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to learn more about the Tulsa Board of Education and to see your current board district boundaries.
Click here to view the board redistricting plans.
On the right-hand side of the online map are boxes/buttons for layers and a search tool.
Inside the layers box, you may turn on and off the various plans.
By clicking on the map, you will be provided with the demographics of the districts that are currently shown on the map.
The magnifying glass is the search tool where you can plug in an address, and it will zoom to that location on the map. Note that changes to board district boundaries only affect the board district and possibly which board district representative you vote for. It does NOT affect school attendance or school feeder pattern boundaries.