Green Country superintendents question Barresi's comments


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/08/2013 7:50 pm Published: 11/08/2013 4:51 pm


The controversy continues over the State Department of Education's A-F grading system for schools, as superintendents across Green Country continue to claim they had no input in developing the formula for those grades.

Now they're saying State Superintendent Dr. Janet Barresi wasn't entirely honest in claiming how much input they had.

On Wednesday, Barresi told FOX23's Ian Silver that 60 superintendents across the state helped develop the formula.

On Friday, some of those superintendents say they were told what the formula was, there was no discussion.

The claims from superintendents across Green Country and the state that actual educators had no say in the formula keep coming.

But on Wednesday Barresi disputed that.

"I have a leadership advisory team of 60 superintendents from school districts from across the state," she said.

FOX23 got the list of the advisory team and contacted some of those superintendents.

Tulsa Public School Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard represents the second-largest district in the state on the advisory team and in a writtenstatement, said, "For the state superintendent to say that school superintendents were involved in the creation of Oklahoma's A-F school grading formula is disingenuous. While she did have an advisory committee of superintendents, the formula was always presented to us from the top-down, and there was never any opportunity for meaningful dialogue or discussion. It was always presented as 'here is what we are doing.'"

Dr. Jeanene Barnett, superintendent of Bristow Public Schools, also sits on the advisory board, and on the phone made similar comments.

Careful not to bash the formula, she said presentations were made at the advisory meetings, but there was never any discussion or chance for feedback.

Terry Due is superintendent for Collinsville Public Schools and is also listed as being on the advisory team, but he said he had no idea he was even a part of it until we told him.

He agreed that Barresi and the Department of Education allowed little to no feedback from district superintendents.

"If they're saying they're not being heard, I find that quite curious because their suggestions drove the change to the grading system," said Due.

Barnett told FOX23 legislators from Creek County will be meeting soon with superintendents across the county to ask them if and how the formula could be improved.


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