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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Oklahoma in January

John Marshall High School, Oklahoma City

This was a very long week at school. Everyone felt that way. The main reason is that we came back after having lost a week to a big ice storm that started on Friday, ended on Sunday, and stayed around till the following Saturday. Basically, we were starting the 2nd semester over again. We had only been in school a week and two days before the ice storm hit. So it's like everything we began was lost on the students. We will have to make it all up at the end of the semester so we'll be in school through the first week of June.

We also lost our school principal who was demoted to an assistant principal. We haven't gotten a replacement for him. Things are rather chaotic in the building. This has been the roughest year I have had as a high school teacher save for the first year I taught. These kids have so little going for them that it's a crime for them to have to go through all they have had to go through this year.

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