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Oklahoma Superintendent Janet Barresi blasts teacher evaluation delay

By ANDREA EGER - Tulsa World Modified: June 20, 2013 at 7:49 am •  Published: June 20, 2013

State Superintendent Janet Barresi is criticizing a new move by the U.S. Department of Education as overly intrusive.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced to state school chiefs this week that they could request a delay through 2016 on meeting requirements to use student test results to decide whether to keep or fire teachers.

But Barresi already worked with state lawmakers to push through legislation allowing much the same delay for Oklahoma school districts that need it and Gov. Mary Fallin has already signed that bill into law.

"This just shows again that federal bureaucrats in D.C. think they know what is best for Oklahoma children. Oklahomans know what is right for our children and that is an outstanding education system fueled by our state-generated education reforms," Barresi said in a written statement.

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