Democrat to challenge Barresi in 2014
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Friday, December 21, 2012
12/21/12 at 2:02 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY– Democrat Donna L. Anderson on Friday announced she is running for state schools superintendent, a post currently held by Republican Janet Barresi.
Anderson, 47, is superintendent of Bennington Public Schools in Bryan County.
She began her career in education in 1992 as a middle school teacher. She has worked as a parent educator for Oklahoma Parents as Teachers before starting a school in the Sac and Fox Nation Juvenile Detention Center.
She has served as a director of alternative education, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.
She holds a bachelor's degree in education and a master's in education administration.
Anderson said she would revamp the controversial A-F grading system for schools to make it accurate.
She said an educator needs to be running public education, not a dentist. Barresi is a dentist by trade and has opened charter schools.
Anderson opposes legislation that would allow teachers and principals who receive certification to carry weapons in schools.