President of OKC-AFT Announces His Retirement

By Tim Willert, the Oklahoman

Ed Allen, president of the union that bargains with Oklahoma City Public Schools on behalf of 2,200 teachers, is retiring in January after 25 years with the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers.

“I've always said that I'll know when it's time,” he told The Oklahoman. “You get to the point when you don't think that you're as productive as you used to be. I think it's time for younger folks to take the reins, for the next generation with new ideas.”


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