msbobbie

Howe, OK

#21 Oct 17, 2010
charolese wrote:
formed not one, but Two charter schools, she has the energy and guff to get things done. The Oklahoman does NOT run her.
I agree. Independence was open several successful years before Harding was opened. Both of those schools have long waiting lists of students wanting to get in the program.

Ms Barresi has said she wishes the charter schools were not necessary, but the teachers hands are tied by the NEA and OEA as to what they can do.

Children in the charter schools escape that cookie cutter education.
Jane Smith

Oklahoma City, OK

#22 Oct 17, 2010
she is the only qualified candidate in the race
New Here

Shawnee, OK

#23 Oct 17, 2010
Actually, Cooper has 14 years of classroom experience, and 4 years at the college level. The fact that he is the only candidate that is still involved in education should speak volumes. He is the only one not removed from what is really happening in our schools. Here is the link to his site if you have not visited it yet.

http://web.me.com/recooper59/Site/Short_Bio.h...
Jane

Oklahoma City, OK

#24 Oct 18, 2010
Paddack is the most experienced candidate!
Jay Winn

United States

#25 Oct 18, 2010
Paddack was recruited by Garrett when they didn't have a Democrat to run and will be more of the same. More of the same isn't going to get better results for our kids. Barresi is the one who will be willing to make changes and has already stood up to the teachers union when she opposed 744. Paddack is not opposed to 744 which would cripple our state. That's not leadership.
Sue

United States

#26 Oct 19, 2010
Susan Paddack of Ada has experience as a teacher, foundation builder, and State Senator. Janet Barresi is a retired Edmond dentist who was a speech pathologist for a while. ...
Now decided

Oklahoma City, OK

#27 Oct 19, 2010
She was pivotal in building two successful public schools in OKC, and acknowledges Okla. schools' successes w/out being blinded to where they need to improve.
Monty

Hodgen, OK

#28 Oct 19, 2010
If Barresi wants to create and run charter schools that is great. But, this election is for the Supt. of Public Instruction - it does not include charter schools. They are totally different. The biggest problem in education is we have too many folks making laws about education and they don't know what is going on. I have always wondered why legislators don't visit with educators and get their opinions and suggestions.(Not talking about the unions, but everyday teachers who really know what the kids need) I was once told that "You don't have to know everything, but surround yourself with people who know the answers to the questions you have".
New Here

Oklahoma City, OK

#29 Oct 19, 2010
There are two politicians running and one educator. Education shouldn't be about politics. We need to elect an educator that knows they don't know everything.
How many teachers have been involved in any legislation that has been passed recently? Some one that has not been in a classroom in over ten years has no business trying to run the education system of an entire state.
Charter schools are great, but every district in the state can't have one. How are we going to run our schools more effectively and efficiently?
Joseph S.

Norman, OK

#30 Oct 19, 2010
Contrary to the lies people have put out, and the extreme mis-information that has been shown to be false again and again, Barresi is an advocate of ALL public schools and in fact looks for charter schools to fade when public schools get on a better track.

Students who go to those charter schools are not elitist, nor is Baressi. It's easy for opponents who have never set foot in either school to make the claim- a new school becoming among the best in the nation, where any student entering could be prepared and ready to enter college: it seems to good to be true.

That's not the thinking Oklahoma needs. I know for a fact Paddack's attacks are wrong, and actually bordering offensive. To say students going into HCP are elitist or cherry-picked or from a certain kind of family.. It's wrong.

I know, because I graduated Harding Charter Prep a few years ago. I received an education there I NEVER would have been able to afford elsewhere. I am a successful student at the University of Oklahoma, thanks to Janet. I don't know what school Paddack is lying about, but it's not Harding. It's not me. It's not my family. It's not right.
Bob

Oklahoma City, OK

#31 Oct 20, 2010
for the dentist comment, please "educate" yourself on the facts. See Harding Prep as for what can happen for kids in Okla under Barresi, an incredible place to learn!
Sue

Oklahoma City, OK

#32 Oct 20, 2010
Because Susan Paddack has a plan of action to address the state budget crisis that Oklahoma public schools are dealing with today. Neither other candidate does.
Paddack is the choice

Oklahoma City, OK

#33 Oct 20, 2010
Susan Paddack is an educator. She is running against a dentist. This post should be occupied by someone who has actually devoted their life to education.
Tired of old politics

Oklahoma City, OK

#34 Oct 20, 2010
it's time for change
tlg

Muskogee, OK

#35 Oct 20, 2010
Janet will bring integrity to this office!
tlg

Muskogee, OK

#36 Oct 20, 2010
Mike Turner wrote:
Paddack supports public education and the other one does not.
Mike, where in the world do you get this idea? Democrats have ruled this position FAR TOO LONG...our education system is in a MESS...Go Baresi
tlg

Muskogee, OK

#37 Oct 20, 2010
Monty wrote:
If Barresi wants to create and run charter schools that is great. But, this election is for the Supt. of Public Instruction - it does not include charter schools. They are totally different. The biggest problem in education is we have too many folks making laws about education and they don't know what is going on. I have always wondered why legislators don't visit with educators and get their opinions and suggestions.(Not talking about the unions, but everyday teachers who really know what the kids need) I was once told that "You don't have to know everything, but surround yourself with people who know the answers to the questions you have".
Monty, then why has the last superintendent been a former teacher and democrat for the last 12 years... we don't need democrats running this office!
Joanne Hines

Oklahoma City, OK

#38 Oct 20, 2010
Janet wants local control of schools.
Argee

Tulsa, OK

#39 Oct 20, 2010
Barresi has already helped reform public schools with a succesful charter program. Public education has a 30% failure at HS graduation across the country, 50% in urban areas and 70% in urban minorities. The current system and administration is an abject failure. Want it to get even worse then vote Paddock. Want improvement vote Barresi.
Sue

United States

#40 Oct 21, 2010
Paddack has a plan of action. The others just say "yes" or "no."

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