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A Beatdown for Brownback

NPR reports on the Kansas legislature putting Governor Sam Brownback in his place after his failed experiment in governing without money. Turns out, you can’t run government without revenue. The Kansas Supreme Court has already ruled the schools there are woefully underfunded and is requiring the legislature to pony up the funds necessary to properly […]

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Teaching, Politics, and Perspective

Dr. John Thompson offers some thoughts on the current difficult climate in Oklahoma for education and encourages teachers to both become more politically involved AND broaden their perspective. Thompson notes: Following the absurd last week of the 2017 regular legislative session, Oklahoma made the front page of The Washington Post for gutting education funding to […]

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A Word on Community Schools

Metro Nashville school board member Will Pinkston shared a story today about the success of community schools. Here’s what he had to say: Friends: Think about a high-poverty, high-percentage English learner school system that’s expanding pre-kindergarten offerings, STEM programs, and community schools with wraparound supports for families. Sound familiar? Yes … That’s what’s happening in […]

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Oklahoma says NO to VAM

A new Oklahoma law will take value-added measures out of teacher evaluations and allow teachers to create their own evaluation criteria. The move comes following an organizing campaign by teachers to get parents involved in contacting legislators about the issue. Some teachers believe the new law will help stem the flow of teachers from the […]

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OK Faces Teacher Shortage

Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister released a statement yesterday addressing that state’s teacher shortage: “The OSSBA survey confirms what we have all suspected, that the teacher shortage has worsened significantly. The shortage has meant the elimination of teaching positions, increased class sizes and the slashing of class offerings. We are shortchanging our schoolchildren each […]

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