Joy Hofmeister

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October 26, 2018

State Board of Education wants $440 million funding boost
Tim Willert | newsok.com


The state Board of Education on Thursday approved a $3.35 billion budget request for Fiscal Year 2020 that addresses Oklahoma's teacher shortage by investing in needed classroom supports for students.

The spending plan, characterized as "no small ask" by one state Education Department official, is $440.7 million more than was appropriated for the current fiscal year.

It restores $253 million to the state funding formula to reduce class sizes and restore classroom resources in hopes of attracting and retaining teachers and improving student achievement.

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October 16, 2018

Group of State’s Top Teachers Support Hofmeister’s Leadership
Press Release from Friends of Joy Hofmeister


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister has won the endorsement of five former Oklahoma Teachers of the Year. The prestigious group supporting Hofmeister's reelection bid includes Jon Hazell of Durant, Elaine Hutchinson of Fairview, Peter Markes of Edmond, Jason Proctor of Tahlequah and Linda Hasler Reid of Jenks.


Jon Hazell, the state's 2017 Teacher of the Year, credits Hofmeister with helping navigate public education through a particularly rough period.

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September 24, 2018

Former Governor Brad Henry Endorses Joy Hofmeister
Press Release from Friends of Joy Hofmeister


Former Gov. Brad Henry, who made education a cornerstone of his two terms in office, today endorsed State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister in her bid for reelection.

Henry is a Democrat and Hofmeister a Republican, but the former governor said education is an issue that transcends party affiliation.

"A strong Oklahoma requires a strong system of public education. As state schools superintendent, Joy Hofmeister has been a tough, tireless and effective advocate for all Oklahoma schoolchildren," Henry said.

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September 14, 2018

Teacher shortage task force identifies progress, unfinished business
Lili Zheng | kfor.com


A working task force created to tackle the teacher shortage crisis in Oklahoma has released an updated report on its progress.

The group was formed in 2015 and started with about 90 members including teachers, school districts, some lawmakers, and members of the business community. Superintendent Joy Hofmesister said they created about 40 recommendations.

"There were about 8 or 9 that needed to go through the Legislature for changes in law to remove hurdles or barriers that would help us with the teacher shortage. Those were all successfully passed," Superintendent Hofmesister said.

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September 6, 2018

State Law Removes Accused Teachers From Classrooms
Lisa Monahan | news9.com


Lawmakers took a big step this year toward keeping the good teachers in the classroom by giving them a raise.

What you may not know is that they took just as big a step a couple of years ago to keep the bad teachers out.

In 2013, a News 9 investigation exposed a loophole in state law that allowed teachers accused of inappropriate relationships to stay under the radar and keep teaching.

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September 6, 2018

State Superintendent: Executive Order On School Consolidation 'Deeply Flawed'
Dana Hertneky | news9.com


The State Department of Education says they will not give Governor Mary Fallin a list of schools for possible consolidation.

Last November, the governor issued an executive order saying all school districts that spent less than 60 percent of their budget in the classroom were to be complied onto a list. Then, the State Board of Education would use that list to make recommendations on what districts should have their administrations consolidated.

The deadline was September 1.

“It’s a deeply flawed executive order. It’s not something that I think is appropriate anyway,” said Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent.

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September 6, 2018

Hofmeister talks ongoing education reform at Owasso Chamber’s monthly luncheon Wednesday
Art Haddaway | Owasso Reporter


Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is keen on quotes, particularly one made by Jamie Casap, global education evangelist for Google.

In her own words, he said, “It’s not about asking what do you want to be or what do you want to do, it’s what problem do you want to solve?”

She referenced Casap while addressing attendees at Owasso Chamber’s monthly luncheon on Wednesday during her visit to talk to community members about the status of education in Oklahoma.

“When we ask a student that question,” Hofmeister said, “we tap into (their) interests and (their) passions.”

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September 5, 2018

Chronicle: The State of Education
Jessica Schambach | koco.com


KOCO 5 takes an in-depth look at Oklahoma's education system and what has changed since the teacher walkout in April as we start a new school year.

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September 5, 2018

Final Oklahoma runoff vote tallies certified
Dale Denwalt | newsok.com


The Oklahoma State Election Board on Tuesday certified vote totals from the primary runoff election held one week ago.

Members of the board reviewed results from Oklahoma's 77 counties that included votes cast by absentee ballot, in early voting and at the polls on Election Day. Some of those votes were provisional ballots, which aren't counted until after the election.

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August 28, 2018

Joy Hofmeister wins runoff for state schools chief - Photo Gallery
Doug Hoke | newsok.com


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August 28, 2018

Schools chief wins GOP runoff election
Tim Willert | newsok.com


State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister moved a step closer to a second term Tuesday, cruising to victory over Linda Murphy in the Republican runoff election.

With all 1,951 precincts reporting, Hofmeister received 167,054 votes (56.68 percent) to 127,668 votes (43.3 percent) for Murphy, a certified teacher and the Republican nominee for schools chief in 1994 and 1998.

Hofmeister, 53, of Tulsa, advances to the Nov. 6 general election against Democrat John Cox and Independent Larry Huff. Both ran unopposed.

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August 26, 2018

Candidates meet in only forums before superintendent runoff
Ben Felder | newsok.com


State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has presented herself as a fierce advocate for public schools who has been willing to battle her own party on issues of teacher pay, education funding and state testing, while her Republican runoff challenger, Linda Murphy, vowed to reduce burdensome regulations that keep too much money with the state Department of Education.

On Friday, just a few days before Tuesday's runoff, both Hofmeister, 53, and Murphy, 66, appeared in two debates, each selling their credentials to lead a public school system that has been squeezed by a decade of funding cuts and rocked by a two-week teacher walkout in April.

"I absolutely supported the right of any teacher ... to protest the governor and their legislators," Hofmeister said about the walkout, speaking at a debate hosted by the journalism website NonDoc and titled "Schoolhouse Rock."

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August 24, 2018

Joy Hofmeister, Runoff election - State Superintendent - Republican
Ari James | The Daily Ardmoreite


Editor's note: Candidates for state and national offices on the ballot for the August 28 runoff election were invited to respond to questions for profiles in The Ardmoreite. Those who chose to respond will be featured alongside their ballot opponent. For those that did not participate, basic information will be provided.

Introduction:From an early age I wanted to be an educator. As the daughter of an electrician and steel manufacturer and a homemaker, I developed the drive and resolve to graduate magna cum laude from TCU with a bachelor's of science in education. Since that time, I dedicated my life and career to helping children reach their potential through education. I was a public school teacher, successful business owner and a collaborative leader who built and led a large team of hundreds of highly skilled, service-driven professionals. My husband, a judge and ordained minister, and I have been married 34 years and raised our four children in Tulsa where they each began and graduated public school.

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August 22, 2018

Education leaders talk teacher shortage, need for more advocacy at Tulsa World forum
Samuel Hardiman |  Tulsa World


State and local education leaders hammered home the severity of the state’s teaching shortage and the need for continued engagement from parents in their children’s education Wednesday evening.

They stressed the importance of building relationships and the need to fight for more funding in education, even after the Oklahoma Legislature appropriated hundreds of millions of additional dollars as a result of teachers’ advocacy this spring during and before the two-week teacher walkout.

Just hours before the Oklahoma State Board of Education was set to approve 900 emergency certifications, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister was asked by the Tulsa World’s Wayne Greene how the state can rebuild its teaching corps.

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August 14, 2018

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister: 'Oklahoma schools are in a much better place'


OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — It was a school year that saw nearly 2,000 emergency certified teachers, along with growing class sizes and outdated books and equipment.

Oklahoma was in a crisis that boiled over to the historic teacher walkout.

“What we saw occur was something that can only be measured in the empowerment that those who support public education now feel,” said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

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July 29, 2018

Hot Seat: Joy Hofmeister On Teacher Shortage, Academic Standards


State Supt. Joy Hofmeister talks the Oklahoma teacher shortage, emergency certifications and a new study on academic standards. 

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July 19, 2018

LISTEN: State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister on the “K101 Morning Show”
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State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister was on Thursday’s K101 Morning Show to talk about Engage OK, as the professional development conference makes its seventh and final stop of the summer at Woodward High School.


Hofmeister was also joined by Woodward Schools Superintendent Kyle Reynolds.

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July 15, 2018

Candid discussion: Oklahoma students give advice to new teachers
Tim Willert/newsok.com


NORMAN — The students, most of them incoming high school seniors, didn't hold back when Oklahoma's top education official asked them what they'd like their teachers to know.

Their advice to new and less-experienced educators: Be yourself, engage your students and don't be afraid to make mistakes.

"There are going to be bad kids that talk crap on you and just yell at you in class and stuff like that," said Nini Wu, a senior at Norman North. "Don't let that get to you.

"There are so many more kids in that class that want to listen to you, and they want to let you try. Don't let one kid affect the other kids in your class that want to learn."

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July 13, 2018

Tulsa World editorial: Joy Hofmeister proven effective education leader
Proven leader as state superintendent

From World's Editorial Writers


State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has proven to be an effective education reformer deserving of her party’s nomination to a second term.

Hofmeister, a Republican, faced unique challenges in her first term and has come through it with grace and leadership.

The Jenks resident fulfilled many promises made four years ago and has been an impressive stateswoman for problems facing teachers and school administrators.

Among her accomplishments has been reducing state testing, writing new standards for math and reading, eliminating end-of-instruction tests, providing free college entrance ACT and SAT tests for 11th graders, seeking changes to the school A-F grade card and outlining a new education plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Hofmeister also gets to share credit for state-funded teacher pay raises averaging $6,100, passed by the Legislature this year. She has pushed for teacher raises from Day 1 and continues to seek funding for other essential education reforms.

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