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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…

Mar’19 Newsmakers
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Mar’19 Newsmakers

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister discusses the state of Oklahoma public education as Pastors for Oklahoma Kids Executive Director Clark Frailey, right, and Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton listen during the Mar. 14 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma’s ‘Staggering’ Teacher Exodus
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Oklahoma’s ‘Staggering’ Teacher Exodus

BY JOHN THOMPSON The Tulsa World’s headline nailed the big picture, Staggering: 30,000 Oklahoma Teachers Have Left Profession in the Past Six Years, Report Shows. The World’s Michael Dekker cites state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister who explained, “The loss of 30,000 educators over the past six years is staggering – and proof that our schools must…

Lunacy
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Lunacy

BY STEVE JARMAN I am enraged. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives passed HB 2597, the permit-less gun bill. Here in Pauls Valley and the Garvin County area, my family’s name has been synonymous for three things: hunting, fishing and law enforcement. There are three generations of us, now, that grew up on the Washita…

With Friends Like These
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With Friends Like These

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The more things change, the more they stay the same. Warren G. Harding, America’s 29thpresident once famously said, “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends … they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights.” President Harding,…

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