After a week of bizarre lack of state authority to maintain an orderly public education system, there is a growing frustration among the citizens. For many Oklahomans, It seems no one is willing to be the adult in the room. Not the local school boards, the State Superintendent, and certainly not our current governor.
Gubernatorial candidate Gary Richardson released the following statement calling for the end of the weeklong teacher walkout.
The results of statewide standardized testing, which began this week, is a critical factor in determining our federal education funding. If the union continues their push for more and more taxes, Oklahoma risks losing close to $700 million in federal funds, and the union will have to answer for that.
I encourage individual teachers and school board members across Oklahoma to evaluate, without union interference, whether the walkout has strayed from its original purpose.
In politics, as in life, no one gets everything they want."
There appears to be only one challenger to State Education Superintendent, Joy Hofmeister. John Cox is a Democrat attempting his 2nd challenge for the office. No other Republican appears to be in the race.