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Oklahoma Superintendent Janet Barresi exempts 2 students from state testing after Facebook post

By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World Modified: April 24, 2014 at 5:53 am •  Published: April 24, 2014

State Superintendent Janet Barresi exempted two students at a small southeast Oklahoma school from state testing Wednesday after the school's superintendent posted an impassioned note on the system's Facebook page.

Barresi said the status, which garnered thousands of likes and shares despite the page itself being followed by only about 700 people, came to her attention late Tuesday. It also inflamed tensions between Barresi and her detractors, even leading one state senator, unaware the exemption had already been granted, to call for her resignation.

The students, two sixth-graders in the Moyers Public Schools System, lost their parents, Rodney and Crystal Sutterfield, in a two-car crash Sunday that claimed four lives about a mile west of Grant on U.S. 271.

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