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Candidate accuses Oklahoma governor of bullying teachers

A Democratic candidate for state schools superintendent accused Gov. Mary Fallin of attempting to bully and intimidate teachers and superintendents into keeping quiet about their objections to the A-F system for grading schools.
by Randy Ellis Published: November 6, 2013
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The report claims nonschool causes are responsible for more than 70 percent of student test performance, while the impact of schools is “routinely found to be between 20 percent and 30 percent.”

“Governor Fallin rejects that argument,” Weintz said. “She believes that all children have the ability to learn given the opportunity.”

Weintz said the governor is asking groups representing superintendents to reconsider their endorsement of the report.

Holmes ripped the governor for challenging the OU/OSU report.

“To question either the motivation or research results from our two flagship universities is appalling,” Holmes said. “Governor Fallin and Superintendent (Janet) Barresi have a lot in common: Neither have any formal education or experience in public education, but they are experts in everything.”

Weintz said the governor demonstrated her support for education by signing a budget this year that appropriates $90 million of new money for K-12 education.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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