The Norman Transcript


June 7, 2014

Superintendent candidates discuss education issues at Cooperative council conference



Deskin said she believes current leaders have let the state down and that the state needs to streamline its current formula.

“Money’s spent on the mandates and the testing companies and everything else but not on our children, not on our teachers and not on our schools.”

In his closing remarks, Herron encouraged attendees to do research on each candidate and know who they were voting for.

“Good Lord willing, we’re going to change the culture here come June 24.”

Holmes said to obtain adequate funding, he would talk to everyone, including teachers, parents and administration to gain support like that which turned out for the recent education rally at the state Capitol.

“Our kids deserve the best public education funding and to control our own destiny,” Holmes said.

Hofmeister is a former public school teacher. Since 2000, she has owned and operated a small business in Tulsa specializing in helping children reach their educational goals. She is also a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

Her four children attended Jenks Public Schools K-12 and for 19 years, she has been a member of the Jenks Public Schools Foundation. For more information, see

Cox has 28 years in public education as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. He is president of Organization of Rural Elementary Schools and vice chair of the Oklahoma Schools Assurance Group. He also is a Northeastern State University alumni member. For more information, visit

Deskin has 15 years of experience in the classroom. She has degrees in elementary and secondary education, a Ph.D. in instructional leadership, certification in strategic management from Harvard and post-doctoral work in the area of finance. She has developed curriculum for the American Institute of Architects, NASA, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, EPCOT Center, Experimental Aircraft Association, school districts and universities. For more information, visit

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