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With All Due Respect

September 17, 2012

This Friday, Superintendent Barresi will be meeting with 51 district superintendents who were nominated by their peers to serve on an advisory council. These superintendents are representative of all parts of the state, big and small districts, and rural, urban, and suburban schools. While I don’t know what is on the agenda, I do know that several district leaders from around Oklahoma follow the blog (thank you very much).

This group has an opportunity to ask serious, thoughtful questions. They have an obligation to their patrons and to the other 450+ superintendents not invited to the meeting to find out as much as possible about the state of various initiatives that are underway. I have a few questions that I would like to put forward. Hopefully these questions will be addressed in some meaningful way and the answers will be disseminated to all who care about the condition of public education in Oklahoma.

  1. Why is the SDE still holding more than 3 percent of school allocations in reserve now that virtual and charter schools are fully funded?
  2. During next year’s legislative session, will you fight for adequate funding to help schools implement all of your reform initiatives?
  3. Why did the SDE spend all of its AP professional development money for a limited audience during Vision 2020?
  4. Why did schools waste time completing surveys for A-F report cards when those results were not used in calculating school grades?
  5. Why did school districts not receive more notice of the NCLB Waiver revision that was approved in August?
  6. Why were A-F report cards and school designations initially run with the wrong formula?
  7. Do you agree with State Board of Education member Bill Price who said he was tired of hearing the “myths and excuses” about children in poverty?
  8. What are your intentions in the area of school consolidation?
  9. How will the SDE ensure students appealing for their high school diplomas don’t lose their dignity in the process?
  10. Will the REAC3H coach positions still be funded a year from now?

If you have additional respectful questions you would like to ask, please add them in the comments below.

  1. Ken cole
    September 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Will national board teachers receive their promised stipends?
    Will you continue to fund the NBCT program through the CEOE?
    What good hs come from cutting A+ and the AP programs?
    How are you supporting more demand of science and math teachers to the state?


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