Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Oklahoma Department of Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Janet Barresi
FY 2014 Budget:$3.03 billion[1]
Year founded:1971
Website:Department Home Page
The Oklahoma Department of Education oversees public K-12 education and public libraries in Oklahoma. Following the ratification of the Oklahoma Constitution in 1907, the governor, secretary of state and the attorney general of Oklahoma served as the State Board of Education. The Department in its current iteration was created by the Oklahoma School Code of 1971, which also established the Oklahoma State Board of Education.[2] The department managed 1,831 schools serving 666,150 K-12 students during the 2012-13 school year.[3]



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See also
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
List of school districts in Oklahoma
Public education in Oklahoma
School board elections portal
The mission statement of the Oklahoma State Department of Education reads:[4]
Our mission at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, is to improve student success through: service to schools, parents and students; leadership for education reform; and regulation/deregulation of state and federal laws to provide accountability while removing any barriers to student success.[5]


The current Superintendent of Education is Janet Barresi. The following list details her cabinet officials:[4]

  • Office of Financial Services: Mathangi Shankar
  • Press and Communications Office: Phil Bacharach
  • Federal Programs Office: Ramona Coats
  • Office of Chief Counsel: Kim Richey
  • Policy Office: Colleen Flory
  • Executive Assistant: Liz Young

Departmental divisions

The Department of Education has eight divisions managed by assistant superintendents listed below:[4]

  • Administrative Services Division: Liz Young
  • Accreditation and Standards Division: Lynn Jones
  • Professional Services Division: Sabrina Salmon
  • Financial Services Division: Nancy Hughes
  • Special Education Services Division: Rene Axtell
  • School Improvement Division: Richard Caram
  • Fiscal Services Division: Mathangi Shankar
  • Legal Services Division: Kim Richey

State Board of Education

The State Board of Education is the governing board of the public school system of the state of Oklahoma.[6] The Board is composed of six members and the Superintendent of Education. The six members are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Oklahoma Senate. Members serve six year terms with a term expiring every year. Members are required to have a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency.[7]

Organizational chart

The Oklahoma State Department of Education does not have an organizational chart available on their website.

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