Ivan Holmes

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 A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor's recent criticism of a report on the new A-F public school grading system should not be construed in any way as a threat to educators.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said Tuesday that the governor, school superintendents and teachers "are all on the same side."

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The former chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is the latest candidate to announce they are running against first-term Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Longtime university professor Ivan Holmes officially announced his candidacy at a press conference Thursday at the state Capitol.

The 76-year-old joins a crowded field of Democrats seeking to oust Barresi, who also is facing a primary challenge from fellow Republican Joy Hofmeister, a former state school board member from Tulsa who was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin.