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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:32 pm, Tue Apr 15, 2014.

A candidate for state superintendent challenged incumbent Janet Barresi on Monday to clarify her stance on the controversial Common Core standards and whether she sought federal intervention to put down an effort to repeal those standards in Oklahoma.

Joy Hofmeister, a Tulsa Republican, said Barresi, who has long supported Common Core standards, gave differing statements on the hot-button issue at campaign appearances in Tulsa and Oklahoma City last week.

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20 comments:

  • Bob Alexander posted at 4:34 pm on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    Clyde Posts: 785

    We have at present a President who is a community activist. He not only cannot spell words correctly, he must use a teleprompter when speaking more than four words at once, and he constantly mis-pronounces very simple words. And as for Saul, that dog won't hunt.

     
  • Bob Alexander posted at 4:30 pm on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    Clyde Posts: 785

    Very true. Hofmeister is, as we said earlier, a running dog for the teacher unions and, most likely, all labor unions. We must find out about her Republican credentials.

     
  • Don Bell posted at 2:27 pm on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    kdshoe-117 Posts: 393

    Changing the cirriculum and teaching methods will do very little to change the outcomes in poorer districts - if parents are involved, a child can be educated, if not, it's an uphill battle. Also, are you aware of Union's boudary?

     
  • Jean Taylor posted at 1:22 pm on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    Jeanie Posts: 3742

    If there is proof Barresi requested assistance from the Obama administration "to bully the (state) Legislature into protecting Common Core" and then twisted the facts to serve her political purposes, she should be arrested for something. Charges should be filed against her. She should be fined until it hurt, and sent to jail for a very long, long time for her misdeeds, and as an example of what is intolerable behavior.

     
  • Jean Taylor posted at 1:16 pm on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    Jeanie Posts: 3742

    Dana Your prejudice and bias is like hog manure on ice cream. Enjoy.

     
  • Dale Beckham posted at 12:47 pm on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    drbeck-245 Posts: 497

    Rob, picture "Son of Sam" Stone standing in front of Janet's desk with two of her henchmen flanking him. She is in shadow, so no one can see her face, but only hear her voice. She suddenly hits the trap door button, and Sam plummets into an alligator pit.

     
  • Mona Lowe posted at 10:37 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    ccole5-195 Posts: 403

    I am uninterested in what either of them wants to do for affluent districts such as union, bixby, jenks, edmond, etc. I want to know what they will do to lift up poor schools. Everyone wants to change the students and families to conform to current educational norms…sit in a class all day, listen to lectures…etc. They need to change the curriculum and teaching methods to change the educational outcomes in the poorer schools.

     
  • Dana Asher posted at 10:07 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    dana-a-179 Posts: 2266

    Both of them are just republican flatulence spreaders!

     
  • Jody Dalton posted at 9:36 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    jedalt-131 Posts: 262

    The dentist in charge of education's days are numbered. The reign of terror is almost over...

     
  • John Elwell posted at 9:18 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    tulsap-200 Posts: 13151

    Lakia, if you're falling in behind Baressi, you'll be loney.

     
  • Jerry Pogue posted at 8:29 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    jerry-248 Posts: 149

    I have a lingering fear that neither of these will accomplish anything to improve the education climate that exists in Oklahoma. Of course, our present leadership in the Legislature and executive branch will be focused on tax cuts and funding will get lost in a tsunami of rhetoric. But the Democrats have yet to groom anyone to speak forcefully, so the blame is bi-partisan.

     
  • Gene Mortensen posted at 8:24 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    genemo-415 Posts: 533

    What if Common Core is telling us that our students aren't doing very well and that they will have trouble against other students both in colleges and the job market.
    In effect,, the problem is too little of the three R's and not too much testing.
    We don't want local control because when little Johnny goes off to college he isn't going to only compete against little Bobby any more. There will be students from around the country and even foreign countries. We can't go back to your grandfather's Oklahoma and we should demand better for our students. You people who are against Common Core are taking the easy way out . . . little Johnny doesn't like too much testing so therefore the program has to go. Let provide little Johnny with the education to make him competitive with everybody.

     
  • lakia johnson posted at 8:15 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    lakjo6-161 Posts: 546

    Ballard supports Hoffmeister, therefore I support Baressi. Simple as that.

     
  • a blueberry in the tomato soup posted at 8:07 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    lance-159 Posts: 739

    Perhaps she must pander to be elected, but will Hofmeister actually do what 's best for our kids, or will she just tell the paranoid right wingers what they want to hear? But for now, all we we need to know is this: Common Core=Obama and then Obama=bad ... oh ok, I got it now...[wink]

     
  • Ann McWhortor posted at 7:34 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    SorryCharlie Posts: 3180

    "I would like Janet Barresi to answer the question: Did she ask the Obama administration to threaten withholding Title I dollars for Oklahoma's neediest schoolchildren, and did she ask President Obama to punish Oklahoma for abandoning Common Core?"

    If this is true then Barresi sure isn't putting the kids first. Barresi needs to go.

     
  • Bernie Cremin posted at 6:57 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    altern-183 Posts: 6616

    Someone could open up the Saul Alinsky Academy. This charter school would center all learning around community activism.

    Every student would be required to have an internship with some community organization that works to help others within the community.

    Student projects could include planning, designing and implementing programs that encourage rebuilding communities, voter registration drives, feeding the homeless, building children's playgrounds.

    In order to be remain at the Alinsky Academy, students must be able to prove their concern for others through 20 hours per quarter of community service..

     
  • Ken Mael posted at 6:53 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    junque-154 Posts: 513

    Vote DEM. This pair are not about education.

     
  • Bernie Cremin posted at 6:51 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    altern-183 Posts: 6616

    I guess that if current trends continue, it would be a good move to design a charter program.

    I'd like to open up a charter school with a sports theme. Everything that students need to learn to pass EOI's and other state mandated tests would be connected to sports in some way, shape or form.

    It could be called the Sports Academic Academy.

    Everything taught from Algebra, to Trig, to Literature, to History to Science will be developed around the students love of sports.

    Students must interview and be accepted.

    Students must have:
    1) a love of sports
    2) play competitive sports or be involved in fantasy sports games, video or rotisserie baseball, or have played or wants to learn to play Strat-o-Matic, or Quidditch.
    3) pass a sports entrance exam
    4) students must maintain a 3.00 g.p.a. in order to pass to the next grade level and be eligible to play on the Academy's athletic squads.


     
  • rob miller posted at 5:58 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    robmi-216 Posts: 28

    There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Superintendent Barresi is a strong supporter of Common Core. As a member of Jeb Bush's Chiefs for Change, she co-signed a letter to Arne Duncan on May 21, 2013 titled "An Open Letter of Support for Common Core." In the letter, Barresi and her fellow chiefs urged Duncan to stay strong against opposition and resist any call for a moratorium on implementation. The letter is easily accessable through a Google search.

    Barresi (and other reformers) support common core because it allows them to implement even more high stakes testing, A-F school grading systems, and new evaluation systems to rank, sort, and punish teachers and schools. In other states where common core testing has been implemented, the pass rates have dropped precipitously. In New York State, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 passing the state reading test dropped from 80% to 31% in one year! How can this possibly be accurate? This type of false data provides the reformers with rationale to fire teachers, close public schools, and implement "for profit" charters.

    More interesting to me is the fact that it appears that Barresi's previous campaign manager, Sam Stone, appears to have jumped ship (or was pushed). His social media still lists him in this position so it must have happened recently. To have a change in campaign managers two months before an important primary election reveals a certain level of desperation and panic.

    Thinking out loud: I wonder what happens to the open records request that Sam filed against the Jenks District for any records related to Joy Hofmeister. If he no longer represents the campaign, is the request still valid?

     
  • rob miller posted at 5:51 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    robmi-216 Posts: 28

    There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Superintendent Barresi is a strong supporter of Common Core. As a member of Jeb Bush's Chiefs for Change, she co-signed a letter to Arne Duncan on May 21, 2013 titled "An Open Letter of Support for Common Core." In the letter, Barresi and her fellow chiefs urged Duncan to stay strong against opposition and resist any call for a moratorium on implementation. The letter is easily accessable through a Google search.

    Barresi (and other reformers) support common core because it allows them to implement even more high stakes testing, A-F school grading systems, and new evaluation systems to rank, sort, and punish teachers and schools. In other states where common core testing has been implemented, the pass rates have dropped precipitously. In New York State, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 passing the state reading test dropped from 80% to 31% in one year! How can this possibly be accurate? This type of false data provides the reformers with rationale to fire teachers, close public schools, and implement "for profit" charters.

    More interesting to me is the fact that it appears that Barresi's previous campaign manager, Sam Stone, appears to have jumped ship (or was pushed). His social media still lists him in this position so it must have happened recently. To have a change in campaign managers two months before an important primary election reveals a certain level of desperation and panic.

    Thinking out loud: I wonder what happens to the open records request that Sam filed against the Jenks District for any records related to Joy Hofmeister. If he no longer represents the campaign, is the request still valid?

     

Tulsa World Staff Writer Andrea Eger

Andrea Eger has worked at the Tulsa World since 1999 and has covered public education since 2000. She has completed intensive professional development in education reporting with the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Education Writers Association.

Over the years, her work has garnered her two first place awards in investigative individual reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists – Oklahoma Pro Chapter and numerous first place awards in education reporting from SPJ and the Great Plains Journalism Awards, an eight state competition.

Contact: andrea.eger@tulsaworld.com, 918-581-8470

Tulsa World Staff Writer Nour Habib

Staff Writer Nour Habib covers suburban school districts. She joined the Tulsa World in 2011, and previously was a general assignment reporter for the Scene section. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism and political science. Before joining the World, she covered education for a community newspaper.

Contact: nour.habib@tulsaworld.com, 918-581-8369

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