Freda Deskin

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Freda Deskin
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Former candidate for
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
PartyDemocratic
Education
High schoolLexington High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Central Oklahoma (1970)
Master'sUniversity of Oklahoma (1986)
Ph.D.University of Oklahoma (1993)
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Freda Deskin was a Democratic candidate for Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction in the 2014 elections.[1]

Biography

Deskin has been an educator for over 40 years, including 15 years as a classroom teacher. She has served as an assistant principal, principal and school superintendent. Deskin founded Oklahoma Odyssey of the Mind, the Oklahoma and the International Aerospace Summer Academies, OU and OCU "ropes" leadership programs. She has developed curriculum for the American Institute of Architects, NASA, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, EPCOT Center, Experimental Aircraft Association, school districts, universities and others.[1]

Education

  • Lexington High School
  • B.S., Elementary Education, University of Central Oklahoma (1970)
  • Master's, Secondary Education, University of Oklahoma (1986)
  • Ph.D., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, University of Oklahoma (1993)
  • Certification – Post Doctoral, Strategic Management, Harvard University (2006)
  • Post Doctoral Studies, Finance, Oklahoma City University (2009)

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Deskin ran for election to the office of Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction. Deskin was second in the Democratic primary and lost to John Cox in the runoff on August 26.[2] The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

Primary results

Oklahoma Superintendent, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Jack Herron 13.3% 22,319
Ivan Holmes 7.4% 12,495
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cox 41% 68,833
Green check mark transparent.pngFreda Deskin 38.2% 64,077
Total Votes 167,724
Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board Unofficial Results.

Runoff results

Oklahoma Superintendent, Democratic Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cox 62.9% 60,337
Freda Deskin 37.1% 35,607
Total Votes 95,944
Election Results Via:News9 Unofficial Election Results.


Race background

As in other superintendent races across the country, the national debate over the Common Core educational benchmarks has inspired many candidates to throw their hat in the ring to challenge the incumbent, Republican Janet Barresi. This issue gained prominence when Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a law repealing Common Core standards in Oklahoma, becoming one of the only states to take such a step.[3]

Barresi faced a serious challenge in the primary: one challenger, educator Joy Hofmeister, out-raised Barresi. While Hofmeister had raised almost $1.5 million as of June 9, Barresi has only kept pace by loaning money - over $1.25 million - to her campaign.[4][5] Both Barresi and Hofmeister, along with most of the other superintendent candidates in both parties, are currently opposed to Common Core and have been trying to pin its implementation on one another in attack ads.[6] In a debate on June 17 that included Hofmeister and the Democratic candidates, all of the candidates expressed opposition to Common Core and support for a change in educational culture.[7] In total, there were three Republicans and four Democrats contesting the superintendent primaries on June 24.

Hofmeister defeated Barresi in the Republican primary, receiving enough votes to avoid a runoff, and will face the winner of the Democratic runoff.

Primary polling

2014 Democratic primary for Oklahoma Superintendent
Poll Jack C. Herron Jr. John CoxFreda DeskinIvan HolmesUnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Sooner Poll
May 5-10, 2014
3.5%10.6%14.0%8.3%63.5%+/-3.90631
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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