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April 27, 2014

Dr. Ivan Holmes set to run for education post

CLAREMORE —  Longtime educator and retired college professor, Dr. Ivan Holmes announced his candidacy today for Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“It's time for Oklahoma educators to take back its public schools and stop the influx of outside interest groups from discrediting and dismantling our public school system,” said Holmes.

Holmes, who was Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party for two years, said our public schools are under attack from groups such as ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and the State Chamber of Commerce.

There is a national movement underway that is trying to destroy the credibility of public education so that charter schools can take their place.

“If they have their way, all public schools would become charter schools and the public education system we have today would be gone tomorrow. Parents are being told that public schools are failing their children, that teachers are bad, that we need to fire teachers and start over with charter schools,” Holmes said.

Holmes, who was Oklahoma's Education Commissioner of the States and a Regent under former Governor David Boren, said his top campaign issue would be adequate funding for Oklahoma’s public schools.

“When Oklahoma ranks 49th in funding education and total budget appropriations sink to an all-time low from 38.2 percent to 33.8 percent, and educators are faced with teaching 40,000 more students with 200 million fewer dollars, something is wrong,” stated Holmes.

Holmes said another priority in his campaign is to put education back in the hands of teachers and school administrators who actually work with students every day.

“Under the current State Superintendent, teachers, school administrators and school board members are completely ignored and left out of the loop,” Holmes added.

“I am in favor of professional educators making important decisions on education issues including when a student is qualified to move on to the next level,” Holmes said.

If elected, Holmes said he would develop a grassroots public relations campaign and go to all 77 counties to educate Oklahoma voters on what they must do to take back our schools and get adequate funding to be successful.

Holmes said he is against the current common core philosophy, against the way we are currently using standardized testing, against charter schools replacing public schools and taking funds away from public education.

“The next State Superintendent must have the ability to challenge and take on the present system and let educators control education. I have the communications skills to educate Oklahoma voters on what is really happening and what needs to happen,” Holmes said.

“I also feel we need to allow teachers to once again control their classrooms. As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I will back classroom teachers and school administrators as they try to restore order in the classroom,” Holmes said.

“It is time for students, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and the State Superintendent's office to all start working together. With everyone in the loop, KIDS WIN!” Holmes said.

For more information contact: Dr. Ivan Holmes at (405) 204-5902 or dr. ivan.holmeS@gmail.com.

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