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The Battle Over Public Schools Comes to Oklahoma by John Thompson

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SEE HOW IT IS DONE!  "Schools in my Oklahoma City, as well as districts across the nation, have been battered by a dozen years of lavishly-funded reforms based on test, sort, reward, and punish. We educators are exhausted and the patrons’ patience is gone. Budgets are being slashed. And, instead of seeking win-win ways to fight the education legacies of poverty, reformers are promising even fiercer and never-ending waves of school wars.Now, corporate reformers are trying to impose their edu-politics of destruction on Oklahoma City. They have submitted a gentrification plan that they spin as an education plan. This KFOR news report  shows the feelings, including anger and fear, that are being expressed in community meetings in response to the charter plan. It also provides a rare opportunity to see me when I’m speechless. "  GO, SEE HOW PUBLIC EDUCATION IS BEING ERADICATED!

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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