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Virtual Charter School Is An Epic Failure
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Virtual Charter School Is An Epic Failure

BY JOHN THOMPSON Even many of the staunchest pro-charter corporate reformers are criticizing virtual charters for their poor outcomes and draining resources from public schools. For instance, Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, criticizes the high rates of “churn” they contribute to, their low graduation rates, and low levels of student…

Wrong Way Corrigan
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Wrong Way Corrigan

BY SHARON MARTIN Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed former private school administrator Michael Rogers to be his Secretary of State. Then, he named former private school administrator Michael Rogers to be his Secretary of Education. Looks good, doesn’t it? Two secretaries for the price of one! Wait! Did our new governor just eliminate the position of Secretary of Education? Can he…

‘The Power Of We’
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‘The Power Of We’

BY JOHN THOMPSON Walking into the recent Oklahoma Department of Education conference It Starts Here: Trauma-Informed Instruction Summit, it was clear that this event would be different than so many symposiums during the corporate school reform era. Ordinarily, the hallway is full of breakfast foods and tables of deep-pocketed education consultants. During this time of…

An Open Letter To Gov. Fallin
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An Open Letter To Gov. Fallin

BY SHARON MARTIN  We understand that you don’t have much respect for teachers. If you did, there would be no need for teachers to march. You don’t seem to understand why education is so important, either, judging from your recent remarks. Seriously, testing time is no more important than any other time of the year…

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