State Superintendent

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.

KOSU will air a debate between the two candidates for Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction—John Cox and Joy Hofmeister—live on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. from the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus.

The one-hour debate will be held at the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium, 700 N. Greenwood Avenue in downtown Tulsa. OETA managing editor Dick Pryor will moderate the debate.

An all new season of This Week in Oklahoma Politics starts with your host KOSU's Michael Cross along with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill.

With the Runoffs coming up on Tuesday, Ryan and Neva talk about the Democratic race for Superintendent as well as the Republican and Democratic races for Congressional District 5 in central Oklahoma.

They also talk about news that Representative Joe Dorman raised $28,000 more than Governor Fallin in the latest reporting period.

Starting this January, a new person takes charge of every public school in Oklahoma and an education system which appears to be in limbo.

The new state superintendent will manage a department tasked with creating new statewide school standards after common core was repealed.

He or she also faces a two year hiatus on Third grade reading retention and a controversial A through F school grading program.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Democrats still desperately want your vote for the job in the upcoming runoff.

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSUs Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a judges ruling that the Governor has some exemptions when it comes to the Open Records Act.

Conversation then moves to the primary elections already underway starting with the State Superintendent.

The trio then looks at the Senate race to fill Tom Coburn's seat and the Congressional race to fill the seat being vacated by James Lankford.