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Are Okla GOP Politicians Still For a Strong Supt?

Joy Hofmeister, Superintendent, education, tests,
Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
Photo by Brett Dickerson

There are Republican politicians in Oklahoma. And then, there is that Republican politician. You know — that Joy Hofmeister.

She’s the Republican who primaried and beat Janet Barresi, incumbent Republican sweetheart of the public school bashing bandwagon. Continue reading Are Okla GOP Politicians Still For a Strong Supt?

Hofmeister’s “Have-to”s Leave Even More Questions

John Cox and Joy Hofmeister
Oklahoma Superintendent of Schools candidates L-John Cox – Dem, and R-Joy Hofmeister-Rep

First, let’s acknowledge that those school A-F rankings that came out this week are bogus, and both candidates clearly say so.

Second, let’s also acknowledge that the drastic drop in rankings for so many schools after Barresi’s primary loss shows just how the Barresi-led OKSDE has been jiggering the grades all along. Leading up the election? The scores keep improving. Barresi’s point is, well, we are doing great! These reforms are kicking in and we can see it, even though there is room for improvement.

But now, the point she’s making is: These public school leaders who didn’t support me? What do they know? Look how dumb they are! They are doing just awful, aren’t they? They should have listened to me.

So now those bogus grades are out, and the two candidates for State Superintendent were expected to make statements, which they did in print, but also on camera for Tulsa TV station KTUL.

A closer look at those videos, one after the other, show some interesting contrasts.

Continue reading Hofmeister’s “Have-to”s Leave Even More Questions