Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

July 17, 2013

Hofmeister seeks support in race against Barresi

CLAREMORE —

Joy Hofmeister recently met with Rogers County supporters in Catoosa after announcing her bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. 
Hofmeister will face off against incumbent Superintendent Janet Barresi in the June 2014 Republican Primary Election.
Resigning her seat on the State Board of Education in April, Hofmeister is looking to take a different approach to Oklahoma’s State Department of Education.
Through her service on the board, Hofmeister recognized a need to bring accountability and transparency to the office, something she feels is currently lacking.
“Trust has been eroded,” Hofmeister said, “…The Department of Education and parents expect rules to be put in place ahead of politics.”
 Information needed to make an informed decision was often times not made available to members prior to a vote, according to Hofmeister.
Known for taking a “no” stand on several of Barresi’s reforms, Hofmeister said, “I saw a missed opportunity to effectively implement those reforms.”
The board and the department were not getting feedback, according to Hofmeister.
Students were not being placed before politics, she added.
“There is a great need to implement reform with effective communication with practitioners in the field,” Hofmeister said.
The mother of four children, business owner and educator, Hofmeister is drawing upon her experience,  placing focus on a need for a renewed collaborative approach to education reform.
Citing four primary issues, she is striving to build a world-class education system in Oklahoma.
•Students need to be prepared for college and the workforce.
•Teachers need to be appreciated for the professional they are.
•Schools must be supported.
•Parents need to be engaged.
“We already have the heart and we have the expertise,” Hofmeister said.
It is the job responsibility of the Department  of Public Instruction to support and equip the schools, and successful schools have engaged parents, she said.

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