“There is too much at stake and our kids are counting on us to get it right,” said Joy Hofmeister of Tulsa, Republican candidate running for State Superintendent, Tuesday night at the Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women meeting at the Best Western in Altus. “I am ready to lead. I want to listen.” Hofmeister explained that her approach begins with limiting government, respecting local control, and setting high standards.
House Representative Charles Ortega introduced Hofmeister by giving her biography. “There is not one more important office than that of the individual who is in charge of education for our children,” he said, expressing his endorsement of Hofmeister. “I’m satisfied with the direction she wants to take education.”
Hofmeister stated that she identified missed opportunities to work with practitioners in the field, and scholarly experts, while rolling out important education reforms when serving on the State Board of Education. “I had a front row seat as a member of seven on the State Board of Education to just watch how we needed to have leadership that would have limited government and respect local control,” she said. “There are many things that I see need to be worked on.”
Hofmeister said that the first three areas she plans to focus on, if elected, are appropriate testing, having an accountability system, and setting high expectations. Appropriate testing would allow for more classroom instruction and higher morale, an accountability system would provide accurate information on school performance, and high expectations need to be set. “And then government needs to get out of the way and let teachers teach,” she said.
Hofmeister resigned from the Oklahoma State Board of Education in April of 2013 to seek the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction to be decided in an election on June 24.