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State/Nation

July 17, 2013

Hofmeister seeks support in race against Barresi

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CLAREMORE —

“There needs to be a climate to encourage that behavior,” Hofmeister said. “We are all on the same team.”
There is a climate where groups are working against each other and that is not the way to move forward, she added.
Acknowledging that reform takes time, Hofmeister believes that first it must take root before having time to grow.
“I fear the reforms that are in place will unravel,” Hofmeister said. “We are missing an opportunity to lift Oklahoma Education.”
Standards are important to have and Oklahoma needs high standards, but how to get there needs to be controlled at the local level, she added.
This includes making sure school administrators and teachers receive useful, reliable information in a timely manner, according to Hofmeister.
As superintendent,  Hofmeister said she is committed to insuring funding is dedicated at the state level, while educators reserve the opportunity to teach students in a manner that meets their needs.
At the same time, schools are government and need to be accountable for how funding is being used and that the desired outcomes are being achieved, she added.
“All mandates land at the teacher’s desk and they will feel the biggest impact,” Hofmeister said.
The education system in Oklahoma is dealing with a variety of complex issues and it will require someone who can make tough decision, even if they are not popular, she added.
Needs are different across the state and we have to make decisions that make sense for rural, suburban and urban schools, she added.
“We have to make sure we are listening to the concerns and questions in the process of putting in the high standards,” Hofmeister said.

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