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A Failed Education Reform Model
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A Failed Education Reform Model

BY JOHN THOMPSON Can the hyper-competitive, test-driven charter school approach to education reform provide a model for other cities? According to the “true believers” among the attendees at The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans’s “The Urban Education of the Future?” conference, the answer to this question is a resounding “Yes.” My definition of true believers is:…

Doubling Down On Risky Experiments
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Doubling Down On Risky Experiments

First Of Four Parts BY JOHN THOMPSON Oklahoma families and educators recently learned of Senate Bill 68 – the so-called “game changer” – which would empower the city of Oklahoma City to compete with the Oklahoma City Public Schools. This “under the radar” legislation would allow non-educators to authorize charter schools. As OKCPS School Board…

Big Lies, Little Lies And The Punishment Of Brian Williams
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Big Lies, Little Lies And The Punishment Of Brian Williams

BY JOE CONASON The harshest penalties usually tend to be brutal, vengeful and excessive – even when the offender is a celebrity journalist like Brian Williams. Suspended without pay from his post as the NBC Nightly News anchor for six months, Williams may be facing the end of his career in television news, which would…

George W’s $250 Million Can Of Whitewash
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George W’s $250 Million Can Of Whitewash

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Big doings in Big D – the George W. Bush Presidential Library is open for business! What a piece of work it is: a $250 million, 226,000-square-foot edifice on 23 acres in Dallas. His brick-and-limestone structure is certainly imposing, but once inside, you quickly see that it’s a $250 million can of…

Heroes, Cowards, Loons And Solutions
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Heroes, Cowards, Loons And Solutions

BY RICHARD L. FRICKER There is a dynamic with such events as Friday’s massacre in Newtown, CT. We as a nation have been imprinted with the heroism of ordinary teachers willing to pay the ultimate price to protect our children. We have also been imprinted with the cowardice of 31 pro-gun Republican senators feasting at…

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