OKLAHOMA CITY – The race to be Oklahoma’s next State Superintendent is not calming down after the primary.
NewsChannel 4 invited Republican candidate Joy Hofmeister and Democratic candidates Freda Deskin and John Cox to discuss the future of Oklahoma Education during the Wednesday 4:30 p.m. newscast. This was not a debate and guests were informed of this.
Hofmeister arrived and then declined to appear alongside one of her possible Democratic opponents and left the news station. She told Linda Cavanaugh her advisors suggested she not appear on a broadcast with anyone who was not her general election opponent. The top two Democratic candidates didn’t win a majority of the vote and that forced an August runoff between Freda Deskin and John Cox.
John Cox was unable to make it, but sent us the following statement:
“Thank you to the thousands of Oklahomans that want a change of leadership for State Superintendent! I appreciate the strong support across the state and I am excited about this primary runoff, because it gives us more opportunity to get our message out to the voters. Oklahomans are wanting an educator as their State Superintendent, and particularly someone that has been trained as a Superintendent and works in the trenches. This is the advantage that I bring to the table, and the people of Oklahoma are ready for someone that will listen and support and value them.
We test too much, and it will be my job to put the focus back on the individual needs of students and not on a test score. This will give teachers back their classroom and put the fun back into learning! We will also develop our standards and objectives with teachers and parental input at each grade level and each discipline, and accomplish this at the same or higher rigor as other states. Let’s take the high stakes nature of testing out of our public schools and start trusting our teachers, administrators, school boards, and parents again, and give local control back to our public schools!”
Although Hofmeister refused to appear on the Wednesday 4:30 p.m. newscast with Deskin, she did appear on the Wednesday morning show.