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UPDATE: State Superintendent Barresi responds to “no confidence” petition

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UPDATE: Janet Barresi’s campaign is responding to the “no confidence” petition.

The campaign released the following statement:

“The fact that those guarding their own kingdoms are against the state’s leading reform advocate is not a surprise. This same group literally turned their backs on Janet when she first went to speak to them before the 2010 elections.  

These are the same people who opposed Janet in 2010, who constituted the 18% who supported SQ 744 in 2010, who have sued parents for seeking opportunities for their special needs children and who have controlled education in Oklahoma for all but the last three years.

They are upset that Janet has exposed how they could give teachers a $2,000 increase in pay by just reprioritizing a small percentage of administrative overhead. The truth is, the people have no confidence in this education establishment that has run over parents and bowed to the liberal trade unions.”

OKLAHOMA CITY – Leaders, educators, and parents are teaming up to voice their opinions on Oklahoma’s State Superintendent.

Leaders of the state’s associations representing school administrators and suburban school administrators joined the rally cry of over 10,000 of parents, community leaders, and public school supporters have declared they have no confidence in Oklahoma’s State Superintendent Janet Costello Barresi.

This past March, a parent group in Yukon launched the website to start a petition for people to express their lack of confidence in Janet Barresi’s ability to function as Superintendent.

Executive Directors of Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration commented on the petition that has gathered over 10,000 signatures.

“We are not surprised that parents would start this petition of no confidence in the State Superintendent.  During her tenure, Janet Costello Barresi has limited the voices of parents, teachers and local communities in education matters.  Barresi has advocated for the power to arbitrarily decide to hold back third graders without parents having input, devastate local economic development by using a deeply flawed A-F system to label community schools as failures, and withhold diplomas from students that are unable to pass state mandated tests.  Superintendent Barresi’s actions demonstrate that she has no confidence in the public education system she was elected to lead.  Barresi’s record proves that she lacks the skills necessary to create and sustain excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.” said the Executive Directors.

To read more on the “No On Barresi” or to sign the petition, click here.