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Who will win top state education job?

Caela Pemberton, Harding Charter Prep Modified: May 3, 2010 at 10:28 am •  Published: May 1, 2010
Candidates for the Oklahoma state superintendent in this year’s election include a retired dentist, a state senator and the Enid public schools superintendent.

Oklahoma's current state superintendent, Sandy Garrett, is stepping down after 20 years in office. Garrett announced her retirement last year. The primary election is July 27, and the final election is Nov. 2. Potential candidates have until June to announce their candidacy.

Janet Barresi, the retired Edmond dentist, has served in several education positions, including a post on the governor's Achieving Excellence in the Classroom task force. She worked as a speech pathologist in Norman and Harrah schools before going to dental school.

Barresi was also involved in creating two Oklahoma City charter schools: Independence Charter Middle School and Harding Charter Preparatory High School.

“As a mom, I was concerned for my sons,” said Barresi, a Republican.

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