|Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|January 10, 2011 - January 12, 2015|
|Predecessor||Sandy Garrett (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||University of Oklahoma (1974)|
|Master's||University of Oklahoma (1975)|
|Other||DDS, University of Oklahoma (1984)|
An education reformer, Barresi helped start two charter schools in Oklahoma and supported charter schools while Superintendent. She also supported the Common Core education initiative at one point, a position which may have played in a role in her 2014 re-election defeat.
Early in her career, Barresi worked in the Harrah and Norman public school systems as a speech pathologist. She then worked in the Department of Otolaryngology at the O.U. Health Sciences Center. In 1984, she earned her DDS degree and became a dentist. After 24 years, she retired from the business to concentrate on educational issues.
Barresi is a strong proponent of charter schools, dating from well before she was elected superintendent. In 2000, Barresi helped to found Oklahoma’s first charter school in the Oklahoma City public school district, Independence Charter Middle School. A few years later she helped to establish Harding Charter Preparatory High School, which now serves 400 students in Oklahoma City.
- D.D.S., University of Oklahoma, 1984
- M.S. in speech and language disorders, University of Oklahoma 1975
- B.A. in education, University of Oklahoma, 1974
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction (2011-2015)
Barresi served as Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2011 to 2015. Notably, she supported the original implementation of the Common Core education initiative in Oklahoma. She also supported charter schools by working to increase funding for scholarship programs. At the end of her tenure, however, Barresi's position on Common Core shifted, as explained on her campaign website:
|“||I strongly support higher academic standards. At one time, as it was emerging from Republican and conservative ideas from individual states, I did support Common Core. However, as it has become entangled with federal government, it has become too difficult and inflexible. There’s no disputing that Common Core and the debate surrounding it have become a distraction to raising standards. Whether the standards in question are Common Core or another set, what is important is creating and implementing standards that truly prepare our children so they attain their dreams. I have never wavered in my support of greater rigor. The clock is ticking on each and every child in Oklahoma classrooms, and we must press forward to make Oklahoma’s public schools the best they can be.||”|
—Janet Barresi, Janet Barresi for Superintendent official campaign website
|Oklahoma Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Brian S. Kelly||21.4%||56,060|
|Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.|
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 Republican primary for Oklahoma Superintendent|
|Poll||Janet Costello Barresi||Joy Hofmeister||Brian S. Kelly||Unsure||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
May 5-10, 2014
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Barresi was first elected Superintendent of Public Instruction on November 2, 2010.
|Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2010|
|Independent||Richard E. Cooper||6.4%||65,243|
|Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board|
Comprehensive donor information for Barresi is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Barresi raised a total of $2,358,183 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.
|Janet Barresi's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||OK Superintendent of Public Instruction||$887,275|
|2010||OK Superintendent of Public Instruction||$1,470,908|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,358,183|
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|Janet Barresi's Campaign Contributions|
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$851,921 (Dem.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Janet Barresi||$1,006,345|
|Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma||$5,000|
Senate Opportunity PAC
|Benjamin Barresi and 14 other individual donors||$5,000 each|
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- Barresi's biography
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Janet Barresi on Twitter
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- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Janet Barresi, "Bio," accessed December 22, 2013
- Chiefs for Change, "Janet Barresi: Biography," accessed June 20, 2014
- Janet Barresi, "Issues," accessed June 20, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Janet Barresi, Campaign website," accessed January 16, 2014
- 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
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Janet Barresi," accessed May 13, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Sandy Garrett (D)
|Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
| Succeeded by|
Joy Hofmeister (R)