Oklahoma Education Association gives ‘F’ grade to Superintendent Barresi

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OKLAHOMA CITY — All week long we’ve been talking about the release of the state’s controversial “A through F” report cards for Oklahoma schools.

This afternoon the Oklahoma Education Association is turning the tables, issuing a report card on Janet Barresi, the state superintendent of schools.

That organization recently surveyed more than 4,000 people to find out what they thought about Barresi’s performance.

The votes cast by educators and parents were tallied and according to the OEA the state’s top education leader earned an “F”.

“Finally, our respondents gave Superintendent Barresi a grade of “F” for overall performance, due to her lack of support of public schools, education employees and a lack of inclusion of the education community,” A representative of the OEA said.

For her part Barresi said the survey is nothing more than a political stunt; a “union tactic.”

Earlier today NewsChannel 4 sat down with Barresi for a taping of our political affairs program; Flash Point.

She told us her focus is on Oklahoma students.

Janet Barresi says, “We’ve lost a generation of kids to the education establishment and to unions. I’m focused on children and parents and everybody in the state knows I’m focused on children. I’m not about having dogfights with adults. That’s not going to help our kids learn.”

And in light of all of the criticism, NewsChannel 4 asked Barresi whether she plans on running for re-election. Watch for her answer Sunday morning on “Flash Point.”
Out of more than 17,000 schools, only 354 of them scored an A.

Just under 500 received a B grade and 472 with a C.