he fulfills his contract incentives, which include reaching the major leagues
in his rookie season. Bradley signed a five-year deal with the Arizona
Diamondbacks. He will receive a $5 million signing bonus.
Baseball America rates Bundy as the Orioles' No. 1 prospect for 2012 and Bradley as the D-backs' No. 2 prospect.
In June, they went fourth (Bundy) and seventh (Bradley) in the major league draft, the first Oklahoma pair chosen in the first round directly from the high school ranks since 1973. Both will probably start in the low minor leagues, although Bundy's contract guarantees he will start training camp with the major league team.
Bradley made his pro debut in September with a pair of one-inning stints for Missoula of the Pioneer League. In one appearance, he struck out all three men he faced.
- MIKE BROWN, World Sports Writer
TPS Deputy Superintendent Millard House II. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
Millard House II: Educator has classroom in mind
In just three years at the central office, Millard House II has become an influential force for reform in Tulsa Public Schools.
The 39-year-old recently was named deputy superintendent after overseeing the implementation of the sweeping closure and consolidation initiative known as Project Schoolhouse. Fourteen school buildings were shuttered, and a host of others got new grade configurations, requiring the careful inventory and redistribution of thousands of students and property assets.
House also served on the five-person team that had to figure out how to slash $15 million from the district's 2011 budget. What drives him professionally, though, is making sense of what happens inside the classroom, not balancing dollars and cents.
The son of two longtime Tulsa educators, House had instilled in him from a young age the meaning of a quality education.
"I believe education is at the core of social justice and ensuring that all students are educated at a high level," he said.
"I have been disheartened over the years to see so many of my friends and family members fall to the social injustice of being miseducated or educated at a poor and unacceptable level."
During his first stint with TPS, House led Anderson Elementary School from low-performing to high-performing status. He left to found KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory School and returned to the district in 2008.
- ANDREA EGER, World Staff Writer
State Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Department of Education Superintendent Janet Barresi: Looking forward to reform
At the end of a sometimes tumultuous year at the helm of the state Department of Education, Superintendent Janet Barresi is still excited about the prospect of improving public education in Oklahoma.
"I remain focused on the children in this state," she said. "We have completely reorganized the department, and we are continuing to work toward making sure we are more of a service organization and not a regulatory agency.
The year 2012, she says, will be the year of implementing reforms enacted by the state Legislature. That includes ending social promotion after the third grade for children who are not reading proficiently at grade level; and using an "A" to "F" grading system on individual schools and districts to more
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