|Former candidate for|
|Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|High school||Lexington High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Central Oklahoma (1970)|
|Master's||University of Oklahoma (1986)|
|Ph.D.||University of Oklahoma (1993)|
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.
- 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)
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. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
|Oklahoma Superintendent, Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.|
|Oklahoma Superintendent, Democratic Primary Runoff, 2014|
|Election Results via Oklahoma State Board of Elections.|
As in other superintendent races across the country, the national debate over the Common Core educational benchmarks 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 earliest states to take such a step.
Barresi faced a serious challenge from educator Joy Hofmeister in the primary. While Hofmeister had raised almost $1.5 million by the primary, Barresi only kept pace by loaning over $1.25 million to her campaign. Both Barresi and Hofmeister, along with most of the other superintendent candidates in both parties, opposed Common Core and tried to pin its implementation on one another in attack ads. 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. 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 faced Democratic candidate John Cox in the general election.
|2014 Democratic primary for Oklahoma Superintendent|
|Poll||Jack C. Herron Jr.||John Cox||Freda Deskin||Ivan Holmes||Unsure||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
May 5-10, 2014
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- Deskin for Kids, " Who is Freda Deskin?" accessed December 10, 2013
- News9, "Long-Time OK Educator Announces Candidacy For State Superintendent," October 21, 2013
- NewsOn6, "Governor Fallin Signs Bill To Repeal, Replace Common Core Standards," June 5, 2014
- The Oklahoman, "Challenger for Oklahoma schools superintendent position out-raises opponent in campaign funds," November 2, 2013
- NewsOK, "Oklahoma state schools superintendent loans campaign almost $1 million in last month," June 18, 2014
- The Oklahoman, "Barresi campaign says rival would deprive Oklahoma children with special needs of education opportunities," June 5, 2014
- Tulsa World, "State superintendent candidates, minus Barresi, meet in Owasso forum," June 18, 2014
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