tomorrow today, June 24!
Janet Costello Barresi does not have your child’s best interest in mind. She has used her status of affluence to “reform” the public schools in our state. She seeks to dismantle public schools, so that for-profit charter schools can be constructed. She has continually used combative tactics, instead of fostering collaborative relationships. She has violated FERPA. She has compared the process of creating new academic standards to the process of rebuilding after the tornado that destroyed parts of the Moore community. She has attempted to insult the teaching profession. She has over-tested our children, and treated them like unpaid child labor for the testing companies. These are just some of the reasons why, Barresi can’t make it past June 24.
Having wealth is not negative, but the way in which you use your wealth can be negative. Janet Costello Barresi is attempting to buy another election.
As my okeducationtruths stated:
“The image above is Schedule J – a public document required by the state of Oklahoma. It shows that the Friends of Janet Barresi 2014 committee owes Janet Barresi the individual $1,982,167.44 as of June 9, 2014. Yes, Schedule J Janet is out nearly $2 million of her own money for this campaign. As one of her few remaining political allies would say, HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?Considering the fact that her campaign currently has a little over $73,500 on hand, I’d say the odds are against her getting that money back.”
If you would like to view “Schedule J”, and the entire post: CLICK HERE.
Yes, you read that right! Our State Superintendent of Public Instruction has loaned her campaign nearly $2 million. In case you are wondering, the State Superintendent has a base salary of less than $130,000. You can construct your own theories about her intentions for seeking reelection, but I believe that IT IS NOT because she wishes to help the children of Oklahoma.
Recently, one of my professors instructed the class to read a letter from a retiring school principal. It is short and profound. You may access the entire letter: HERE.
Within this letter, George Wood states:
“There is not a lot (at my advanced age) that I remember about my own time as a student, but what I do remember are the acts of kindness by my teachers. Mrs. Kotcher, my kindergarten teacher, finding me long pants to put on the first day of school when older kids made fun of my shorts; Mrs. West (3rd grade) convincing me it was OK to miss school (first absence in four years) to go to Opening Day with my dad; Mr. O’Berry, a giant of a man, who allowed what seemed like our whole class to sit on his lap and cry when we heard President Kennedy was assassinated; Mrs. Hall agreeing that I was too ill to stay in 10th grade English class and should go home–in time to see the first pitch of the final game of the 1968 World Series (yes, baseball was played during the day back then); Mr. Roush who, in 12th grade, took us out of school every chance he got to see science in action and, who on one of the trips, allowed us to get up and walk out of a restaurant in South Carolina that refused to serve one of our African-American classmates; Dr. Phillips finding me dejected outside his office door when I picked up a C- exam paper and spending the rest of the afternoon, the day before spring break, teaching me how to write; and Dr. Geer who made it a habit to invite groups of undergraduates out to dinner and then supply them with theater tickets to performances we never would have attended otherwise.
…What has changed is that it is harder for us to be nice to kids. With elevated standards and increased testing, we find ourselves with less leeway with which we can help a child navigate. With ‘zero tolerance’ laws and other Draconian rules, the mistakes some children make can no longer be forgiven. The rapid-fire social media culture means that if we ever err on the side of mercy or charity, it will quickly be seized upon by those who are just looking for us to make a mistake. And the emphasis on punishing schools for things like dropouts makes it that much harder to enroll a student whose residence is just a bit suspect.
There is no benefit to this toughness. Getting tough on kids will not make them tougher or any smarter. Forcing educators to act like their hands are tied at the most important moments in a child’s life only teaches children that the adults in their lives are powerless. Turning a deaf ear to the needs of kids, to moments when we could be kind rather than just follow the rules, does not help kids learn anything except that those in charge are operating at the lowest level of ethical reasoning.”
Let’s elect someone that will fight for our students’ best interest. Let’s elect someone to fight against the over-testing problem. Like George Wood emphasized, let’s elect someone that releases the handcuffs on the teaching profession, operates at the highest level of ethical reasoning for our children, and exhibits the actions of mercy and charity.
tomorrow today, June 24! Let’s make Janet Costello Barresi a lame duck! She has had her chance to help our students, and she has failed.
I will reiterate my post from last week:
My friends that are Democrats, please get out and vote for someone that is everything Janet Costello Barresi is not. The primary candidates include: John Cox, Freda Deskin, Jack Herron, and Ivan Holmes. Our state needs two qualified candidates going into the general election.
My friends that are Republicans, please get out and vote for Joy Hoffmeister. We can’t afford to allow Barresi to continue loaning her campaign $2 million, so that she can smear her opponents. Our state cannot allow Barresi to buy another term.
Here are other opinions as to why Janet Costello Barresi must go:
Fourth Generation Teacher: Janet Barresi, In Her Own Words
Okeducationtruths: FERPA Violations, After the Top 20: Dishonorable Mention Case Closed. Vote Tuesday, Ignoring Researchers, The A-F Rollout, The 2014 Writing Test Debacle, PASSing Around Our Standards, Learning to Use Reading for Political Gain, and Fabricating Special Education Percentages.