Janet Barresi

A new person is taking the reins of the State Department of Education this January after the current leader was defeated in primary elections.

The race to be the new Superintendent began with seven different candidates, but now it’s down to just two.

Democrat John Cox and Republican Joy Hofmeister are working hard in the final hours to get out the vote on November 4.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about outgoing state Superintendent Janet Barresi creating a position for the husband of her general council and the Department of Education's release of A-F grading for state schools.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is meeting today to discuss the future of standards after the legislature repealed Common Core last May.

The board twice voted to delay the process in meetings this summer, but a vote is expected today to move the plan forward.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports in the third part of our series on education standards in Oklahoma.

After a lengthy discussion at last month’s school board meeting, members voted five to one to table the new standards process till the next meeting.

“The Chair votes 'No'.”

Education standards in Oklahoma remain in a holding pattern with the death of Common Core by the state legislature in May.

House Bill 3399 required all schools return to Priority Academic Student Skills Standards, also known as PASS, until new standards could be developed.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross shows us, not all schools are choosing to throw Common Core into the dumpster.


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Former state Education Board member Joy Hofmeister has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma state school superintendent.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and former Democratic lawmaker Sid Hudson talk about the testing outage which sent the State Department of Education into damage control more, the Governor is getting her long awaited tax cut bill, a bond issue for Capitol repairs goes down in flames in the State House and the Senate advances a measure to give more money to education.