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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…

Voices From The Red State Teachers Revolt
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Voices From The Red State Teachers Revolt

BY JEREMY KUZMAROV Woody Guthrie, the great American folk singer, would be appalled by the horrible conditions in the public schools in Guthrie, OK, the town whose name his family shares. Mandy Rife teaches eighth grade reading there, and has a Master’s degree and says she only makes $29,000 per year, which requires her to…

Name Area Schools After Woody Guthrie
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Name Area Schools After Woody Guthrie

BY JEREMY KUZMAROV Following the Charlottesville protests last month, a group of Tulsa residents set up a petition on change.org calling for the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name from a mid-town Tulsa elementary school. The petition which was delivered to Tulsa Public Schools and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum states: “No one wants to…

Lack Of Education Root Cause Of Many Oklahoma Problems
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Lack Of Education Root Cause Of Many Oklahoma Problems

BY MIKE W. RAY The root cause of many problems in this state, such as poverty and crime, can be traced to a lack of education, yet over the past eight years the Oklahoma Legislature has imposed deeper cuts on education than any other state. That was the crux of the recent Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers…

More Troubling Than Vouchers
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More Troubling Than Vouchers

BY JOHN THOMPSON “For the life of me,” retiring Tulsa Superintendent Ballard said, “I cannot understand why … at a time when we’re talking about a huge [state revenue] shortfall, why are we shoveling money at private schools.” Oklahoma is projecting a $611 million reduction in general revenue for the fiscal year that begins July…

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