Superintendent Hofmeister to hold series of education town halls statewide


OKLAHOMA CITY (October 5, 2016) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is hitting the road this fall for a series of town hall meetings to hear Oklahomans’ thoughts on how to strengthen public education and refocus on meeting the needs of individual students.
 
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Duncan and stretching into December, the one-hour town halls will enable the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to gather input as the agency creates a comprehensive state plan to bolster academic performance for all students and reduce barriers that hold many kids back.
 
In addition to Duncan, Hofmeister will visit Ada, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Enid, Yukon, and Muskogee.
 
“These town halls are an exciting opportunity to hear from education’s many stakeholders – including parents, educators and community members – as we develop a multifaceted state plan to improve results for kids,” Hofmeister said. 
 
“This is a chance for all Oklahomans to make their voices heard in helping determine how federal dollars should best be invested in our state and to shape school culture in Oklahoma for years to come.”
 
The collection of public feedback is part of OSDE’s efforts under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The measure reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. ESSA restores greater flexibility about federal education policy to states and districts.
 
Topics scheduled to be discussed at the town halls include how Oklahoma schools should use standardized tests, how to improve low-performing schools and how to strengthen the state’s school-performance accountability system.
 
Hofmeister is eager to discuss education with Oklahomans but added that there are other ways to join the conversation. 
 
As part of ESSA, any Oklahoman interested in improving our schools is urged to fill out an OSDE survey on the agency's website at http://sde.ok.gov/sde/essa. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
 
Below are the dates and times of the OSDE town halls:
 6 p.m. Oct. 18: Duncan High School, 515 N. 19th St., Duncan
 6 p.m. Nov. 1: Pontotoc Technology Center, 601 W. 33rd St., Ada
 6 p.m. Nov. 14: Capitol Hill High School, 500 SW 36th St., Oklahoma City
 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15: Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1228 W. Apache St., Tulsa
 6 p.m. Dec. 5: Enid High School, 611 W. Wabash Ave., Enid
 6 p.m. Dec. 6: Yukon High School, 1777 S. Yukon Parkway, Yukon
 6 p.m. Dec. 12: Martin Luther King Community Center, 627 N. 3rd St., Muskogee
Last updated on October 5, 2016