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June 25, 2013

State Superintendent candidate hears concerns

Woodward, Okla. — Local educators and community members had the opportunity to voice some of their concerns about the common education system in Oklahoma while meeting with a State Superintendent candidate on Monday.

Joy Hofmeister, a former member of the State Board of Education, held a campaign "meet and greet" event at Woodward High School.

Hofmeister resigned from the State Board of Education in April, citing her intentions to campaign for state superintendent and challenge incumbent Janet Barresi.  She said Monday that she plans to run against Barresi in the Republican primary in June 2014.

Before discussing her goals for the future of education in Oklahoma should she be elected State Superintendent, Hofmeister talked a little bit about her background and experience in education.  This included time as a classroom teacher in Texas right after she was first married and for the last 13 years she has owned and operated a Kumon Math & Reading Center in Tulsa, serving 745 students from 80 different schools to help them build skills in these essential learning areas.

She then served on the State Board of Education for 15 months.

During that time on the state school board, she said she observed "many missed opportunities," which led her to decide to try for a bid for the State Superintendent position.

She said these missed opportunities included everything from a rush to write rules before considering the impact on those who must follow them to not being able to answer educators' questions about those rules with consistency.

"Sometimes you see a problem and have the opportunity to do something about it, so you answer that call," Hofmeister said.

Hofmeister said she is running for State Superintendent with a 4-part vision for the state's common education system.

"We need students who are prepared, teachers who are appreciated, schools that are supported, and parents who are engaged," she said.

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