Ronny Johns, principal of Ada Junior High school, is among a surge of fired-up educators who have stepped into the political ring. Photograph: Brett Deering for the Guardian

Oklahoma Reflects Teacher Revolt That Could Reshape U.S. Politics

The teacher walkout and wave of educators filing to run for political office in Oklahoma this year reflects a national trend. A series by The Guardian, being republished in part by Oklahoma Watch, examines the reasons behind the surge in teacher activism.

As Teacher Shortage Nears Crisis, Other States May Offer Remedies

The latest counts of emergency certified teachers capture a stubborn reality: Classrooms across Oklahoma are being staffed by a teacher who isn’t fully trained or prepared. Find out what other states are doing to ease the teacher shortage and how many teachers were emergency certified in your district.

Despite Pitfalls, More Schools Introduce Self-Paced Learning

More Oklahoma schools are embracing “personalized learning,” in which students advance individually at their own pace. Once they’ve mastered a concept, they move on independent of their classmates. But the concept has critics and some districts have scaled back their programs. Is self-paced learning the future or a fleeting experiment?