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Targeting Oklahoma's school superintendent

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013

Late last month Donna Anderson, superintendent of Bennington Public Schools in Bryan County, said she plans to run for the job of state schools superintendent.

Anderson, who has spent 19 years in the education field, said she plans to focus on “increased accountability, assessment reform and financial stability for Oklahoma’s public schools.”

Her announcement also makes it clear she’s no fan of some of the changes Superintendent Janet Barresi has backed that have proven to be successful elsewhere.

“The methods currently being promoted have no research-based success,” Anderson said. “We do not need to model education after any other state. We need to be Oklahomans who do the hard work to find our path to success, not run frantically toward unproven methods because of a political agenda.”

With nearly two years to go before the election, this race figures to get interesting.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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