Steele Criticizes Education Board's Action
House Speaker Kris Steele (R-Shawnee) issued the following statement today after the State Board of Education refused to approve the hiring of top staff at the Department of Education:
“I am very concerned by the State Board of Education’s refusal to approve the hiring of top staff at the Department of Education. The individuals involved appear to be qualified and, on the surface, the board’s action seems to be an effort to prevent the state superintendent from performing her job duties. Any action that impedes functional operation of the department potentially harms oversight of all school districts and the educational opportunities of Oklahoma children.
“The Board of Education should be focused on allowing Superintendent Barresi to perform the responsibilities associated with her role as State Superintendent.”