Claremore Daily Progress


April 15, 2014

Cox announces candidacy for State Superintendent


Dr. John Cox, D-Peggs, is formally announcing his candidacy for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. A lifelong educator, Dr. Cox is finishing his 20th year as a Public School Superintendent and his 28 year as a public school educator.  
He also serves as an adjunct professor of education at Northeastern State University, teaching leadership and administration courses to aspiring principals and superintendents and educational research to master’s candidates.
 Dr. Cox earned his Doctorate (ED.D) in Educational Administration and an Educational Specialist (ED.S) from Oklahoma State University, and Master’s Degree in Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University.  
He serves as President of the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools and Vice-Chair of the Oklahoma Schools Assurance Group.  He is a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association and the NSU Alumni Association and serves on the NSU Alumni Association board.  
Dr. Cox also participates on the NSU College of Education Advisory Board.
Dr. Cox is a strong proponent of local control and believes in protecting the rights of parents, local school boards, administrators and teachers to make decisions for their own school district.  “The state department should be a service department that helps support local school district’s needs instead of being the highly regulatory and micro-managing system we have now”, stated Dr. Cox. “We also need to empower teachers and give them their classrooms back.  It is time that we value and support our teachers from the state level”, he added.
Dr. Cox said, “Many of the reforms we have borrowed from other states are just not working. I believe the ultimate goal of many of those “reforms” were to demoralize our teachers and students and create a false perception that we need to privatize public education.  We need to have strong leadership that supports public education. Working side by side with the more than 70 percent of Oklahoma’s public school superintendents and district leaders that are already supporting me, we can put common sense back into educating our children and provide a world class system for our Oklahoma students.”

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