Oklahoma PTA Calls for Resignation of State Superintendent Janet Barresi
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• The following statement can be attributed to Oklahoma PTA President Jeffery Corbett.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Janet Barresi, has continued to erode the relationship between the State Department of Education and the school boards, administrators, teachers and parents of Oklahoma’s public schools.
Barresi’s efforts to stifle the voice of parents by supporting the Reading Sufficiency Act, which gave parents absolutely no part in determining the retention of their child is completely against PTA’s purpose to bring into closer relation the home and school.
Superintendent Barresi has completely ignored the facts that have been presented to her showing the flaws in the A-F Grading System. The detrimental effect on the students and faculty of a school receiving an incorrect grade, much less the economic impact on the community that would go hand-in-hand with such a statement, is contradictory to the purposes of PTA to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home and school and to raise the standards of home life.
More recently, she has asked for approval of CBT/McGraw-Hill for this year’s EOI testing–the same company she spoke against and called for the termination of contract with earlier this year. This obviously shows a lack of foresight and planning on the part of the SDE. There has been no proof that the disruptions seen over the past two years will not be faced again by the students of Oklahoma’s public schools.
Our students, teachers and administrators deserve to thrive in an educational environment that is cooperative and advances the knowledge and skills of our children and youth. Oklahoma PTA does not believe it is possible for that to occur under the current state superintendent of public instruction.
Supported by PTA’s mission to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children, Oklahoma PTA calls for the immediate resignation of Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Oklahoma PTA, since it was founded in 1922, has been a constant voice advocating for the needs of Oklahoma’s children and youth. We are the backbone of parental involvement with the public school system of Oklahoma, and we will not cease in our work until the goal of “making every child’s potential a reality” is met.