School Supertintendant Janet Barresi

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Oklahoma Department of Education

Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi says she has no plans to step down, despite calls for her resignation from a member of the state Board of Education and a state legislator.

Retired Gen. Leo Baxter, a member of the board, told Barresi during a Thursday board meeting that he believes her leadership has become "toxic," and asked her to step down.

Republican state Rep. Jason Smalley also called for Barresi's resignation during the meeting.

Representative Jason Smalley (R) District 32
Oklahoma State Legislature

A freshman Republican legislator from Stroud is calling for State Superintendent Janet Barresi and two top-level education officials to step down after the department announced the hiring of a new assistant superintendent.

Rep. Jason Smalley issued a statement Wednesday calling for resignations from Barresi, new assistant superintendent Larry Birney and the department's general counsel Kim Richey, who is married to Larry Birney. He also wants a hiring and firing freeze at the Department of Education.

Smalley referred to Birney as a "good ol' boy hire."

Oklahoma Teacher Of The Year Named

Sep 16, 2014
Teacher of the year Jason Proctor receives his award from State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi.
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State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi Tuesday named a high school math instructor as Oklahoma'sTeacher of the Year.

Jason Scott Proctor garnered the honor from among 12 finalists during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City.

Proctor is Oklahoma's 60th Teacher of the Year and the first from Tahlequah. He will represent Oklahoma in the National Teacher of the Year competition next spring.

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The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi.

The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools Association released a joint statement Thursday declaring "no confidence" in Barresi.

A Barresi spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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State Superintendent Janet Barresi says she has no plans to meet with an Oklahoma association that represents about 35,000 teachers, school staff and retirees.

Oklahoma Education Association President Linda Hampton said Thursday she was surprised to learn Barresi had turned down the group's request to have her speak to their members. In a press release on Wednesday, Barresi said she didn't want to have her views "filtered through the lens of liberal union bosses."

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After a Republican steamroll in Oklahoma in 2010 flipped every statewide elected office to the GOP, very few strong Democratic candidates are emerging to take on entrenched GOP incumbents like Gov. Mary Fallin and others.

With the 2014 elections a little more than one year away and a key campaign finance filing deadline at midnight on Wednesday, most of those on the OklahomaDemocrats' already thin political bench appear to be taking a pass on 2014.