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In today's toxic political climate, teachers have taken more than their fair share of criticism for the state of U.S. public education. Turn on the TV or open a newspaper, and you're likely to hear more rhetoric about how teachers don't care, or that teaching is an easy job.

But in an example of what it really means to be a teacher—to have a passion for learning and a dedication to inspiring students—two public school...

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