State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi found out Friday what it's like to be on the receiving end of a failing grade.
And like the 163 schools statewide that received F's this week from the state Education Department, she was not too happy about the nod from the Oklahoma Education Association.
Barresi, responding to an online survey of nearly 4,000 teachers, parents and community members who gave her an F for her performance, rejected the designation as a “political stunt” by the “education establishment.”
“It's just a union tactic. These are individuals that are opposed to accountability. These are individuals that are focused on maintaining their power base in the state of Oklahoma,” Barresi said. “They are not focused on students; they are focused on adults. I am about improving education for the children of Oklahoma. We have lost too many kids.”
The 16-question survey evaluated Barresi in four categories: competency, funding, transparency and overall performance. She received F's across the board and received a 0.22 grade average from 2,026 educators, 800 parents and 1,158 community members, according to the association.
Association President Linda Hampton said the low scores reflect the “public's frustration” with Barresi over education funding, leadership, testing errors and the A-F grading system.