The Tulsa School Board may vote Monday evening on whether to name Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist their new superintendent of schools.
Gist appears poised to get the job, after the only other finalist dropped out of the search at the end of last week.
Gist has said the opportunity to return to her hometown was too good to pass up. She previously said she wanted to stay in Rhode Island, but Governor Gina Raimondo has been slow to announce whether she wants Gist to remain the state's education commissioner.
Teachers’ union leaders in Rhode Island will likely cheer if Gist leaves the state. They have accused her of ignoring the wishes of teachers as she moved forward with policies including new teacher evaluations, which are scheduled to include student test scores as one of several factors starting in 2017.
Gist has many supporters who say she took tough stands to improve public education. She has been a strong supporter of the Common Core State Standards, and has called for test scores to be required for a high school diploma.