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A Conversation With Jim Keith
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A Conversation With Jim Keith

In a wide-ranging interview with Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, new Oklahoma Education Association Executive Director Jim Keith, right, discusses the impact of last year’s teacher walkout, what public education stakeholders expect from this year’s legislative session, OEA’s priorities for the next five years-plus, the challenges facing Oklahoma educators and the state’s changing political landscape. [Recorded…

Tackling The Challenges Of Our Global World
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Tackling The Challenges Of Our Global World

BY JOHN THOMPSON Here are a retired teacher’s suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for educators, school patrons, and students, as well as anyone else seeking a better Oklahoma. I’ll start with the easy ones. First, ask yourself when you last heard anyone who has been in our schools who said anything nice about standardized testing. Then,…

‘Ten Commandments’ Vote Is A Trojan Horse
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‘Ten Commandments’ Vote Is A Trojan Horse

BY ARNOLD HAMILTON It is hardly hyperbolic to argue this year’s election could be the most consequential in Oklahoma history. Not because a bloviating demagogue and wannabe strongman is the Republican nominee for president, though that is truly scary. Or because the fate of Oklahoma’s magnificent – but shamefully underfunded – public schools depends on…

Slanting The Polls
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Slanting The Polls

BY SHARON MARTIN Teachers in Oklahoma were asked to take part in a political poll from SoonerPoll and the Oklahoman. SoonerPoll calls itself nonpartisan. The Oklahoman definitely is not. Despite my doubts, I decided to answer the questions. Was I registered to vote? Yes. Did I intend to vote in the presidential election? Yes. Who…

Lawmaker, Superintendent: School Funding Inadequate
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Lawmaker, Superintendent: School Funding Inadequate

BY MIKE RAY Because of repeated state budget cuts in recent years, public school students and teachers should prepare themselves for packed classrooms, scarce supplies and outdated textbooks when classes start this school year, Mid-Del Supt. Rick Cobb advised recently during a public forum. In addition, many students will have new teachers because hundreds of…

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