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BY FROSTY TROY A new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education makes the case that too many teachers arrive to their first day of teaching unprepared for the challenges of a diverse set of learners. The report sings off the same old song – requirements of teaching are now such that all students,...
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Your Tax Dollars At Work

BY FRANK P. BELCASTRO The big winners in our cash-and-carry system of government are corporate special interests. For a lousy $318.7 million in contributions from 1991-2001, the resource-extracting industries [oil, gas mining, electric utilities, chemical manufacturers, and timber] got $33 billion [yes, billion] in tax breaks in energy legislation alone. They also got a weakened...
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Help Us Believe, Mr. President

BY NATHANIEL BATCHELDER Dear President Obama: REMEMBER ME?? I worked hard to help you get elected. You were to be the peoples’ servant … not international bankers’. You were to protect the Constitution … not Wall Street’s profits. You were to begin withdrawing troops … not escalating. America needed FDR … not GWBush’s nicer twin...

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Bernie The Good vs. Bernie The Bad

BY FROMA HARROP Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let’s start with the good. “If Democrats control either the House or the Senate,” he recently told The New York Times, “Trump’s agenda is dead.” Here is Bernie at his best – blunt and colorful,...
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The Woman Who Landed The Plane

BY SUSAN ESTRICH For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn’t just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety. The stories about the obstacles that Tammie Jo Shults, the now-famous pilot of Southwest Flight 1380, faced in her quest to become...
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Imagine A Cuomo-Trump Street Fight In 2020

BY FROMA HARROP Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant. Five...
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Apr’18 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton discuss the Oklahoma teacher walkout, education funding and the future of the state’s public schools during the April 12 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
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