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John Thompson

John Thompson

John Thompson is an award-winning historian who became an inner-city teacher after the “Hoova” set of the Crips took over his neighborhood and he became attached to the kids in the drug houses. Now retired, he is the author of A Teacher’s Tale: Learning, Loving, and Listening to Our Kids.

A case of ghost students, straw teachers, and parent bonuses sets a new low for privately operated schools. Read more

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The teacher uprising may have opened up this deepest red of red states to a new era of bipartisanship. Read more

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Oklahoma educators have had enough of outsiders imposing their untested opinions on classrooms. Read more

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Chris Landsberger

Oklahoma teachers face the litmus test of whether to reinvigorate—or reinvent—their union. Read more

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Building on energy from their historic demonstrations, educators in the state are running for office in droves—and may just win. Read more

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Wesley Fryer

Teachers are challenging a decades-long nationwide conservative campaign to shrink government. Read more

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Larry Smith

Oklahoma teachers now have national attention as they march to the state capital to demand better working and learning environments for students and teachers alike. Read more

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Daphne Zaras

While the state has cut taxes on oil, state employees have not received an across-the-board pay raise in twelve years. Read more

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