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No Confidence in State Superintendent Janet Costello Barresi

April 17, 2014



For Immediate Release

April 17, 2014


No Confidence in State Superintendent Janet Costello Barresi


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The leaders of the state’s associations representing school administrators and suburban school districts today joined the rally cry of over 10,000 parents, community leaders and public school supporters declaring no confidence in State Superintendent Janet Costello Barresi.


In March of this year a parent group in Yukon, OK launched the website www.NoOnBarresi.com to provide a forum for parents, school board members, educators and education supporters to express their lack of confidence in Janet Barresi’s ability to function as Oklahoma’s State Superintendent. 


When asked to comment on the petition gathering over 10,000 signatures, the Executive Directors of CCOSA and USSA offered the following remarks:


“We are not surprised that parents would start this petition of no confidence in the State Superintendent.  During her tenure, Janet Costello Barresi has limited the voices of parents, teachers and local communities in education matters.  Barresi has advocated for the power to arbitrarily decide to hold back third graders without parents having input, devastate local economic development by using a deeply flawed A-F system to label community schools as failures, and withhold diplomas from students that are unable to pass state mandated tests.  Superintendent Barresi’s actions demonstrate that she has no confidence in the public education system she was elected to lead.  Barresi’s record proves that she lacks the skills necessary to create and sustain excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.”


“During Superintendent Barresi’s three years in office there have been far too many missed opportunities for collaboration.  Successful implementation of important reforms has been stymied due to Barresi’s resistance to the input of local educators and parents.  The work of our parents and teachers to support their students is in vain because the State Department of Education is in paralysis – our State Superintendent is unable to lead.” 


“Janet Costello Barresi has put in jeopardy the future of a generation of Oklahoma students.  We simply cannot afford to continue down this path.  Today, we call on our members and all Oklahomans to join the 20+ Republican lawmakers and 10,000+ parents that have publicly expressed no confidence in State Superintendent Janet Barresi.  Let your voice be heard; sign the petition, and most importantly, vote on June 24th!”




Steven Crawford, Executive Director of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA)

crawford@ccosa.org or 405.524.1191


Ryan Owens, Executive Director of the United Suburban Schools Association (USSA)

ussaok@gmail.com or 405.431.0880

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