Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Good afternoon! What a wonderful week this is! Yesterday, I had the tremendous opportunity to watch as our new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, was inducted into office in Oklahoma City.
This represents a grand new era for public education in Oklahoma. I am very optimistic for what the future holds. I've admired Hofmeister's drive and determination in getting things done since she was on the State Board of Education and was facing our former state superintendent head-on. She has promised to end the adversarial stance the state department has held for the past few years, bridging gaps between educators and reformers, legislators' whims and tried and true research-based policies and most importantly where we are and where we should be.
The Tulsa World yesterday ran a wonderful Q-and-A with Superintendent Hofmeister. It's a wonderful piece that explains her stance on many of the divisive issues facing public education today. And they are myriad, both in Oklahoma and across the nation. While there may be no definitive answer to many of these issues, I feel Hofmeister is much more prepared to choose what is right for Oklahoma than her predecessor was.
This is truly a great time for public education in Oklahoma. Teachers, parents and especially our precious students will all benefit from this new leadership. And while I may be leaving public education after this school year, I can rest easier and enjoy my time more fully knowing someone who respects and will listen to both parents and teachers is at the helm in Oklahoma City.