The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

June 18, 2014

Letter: The opportunity is ours — now

ENID, Okla. — Voters, as we become immersed in campaign rhetoric, slogans and half-truths, take heart in the simplicity of State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s plea to be re-elected.

Let’s see — Oklahoma leads the nation in cuts to public education. Too many of our seniors do not have a high school diploma because they failed the end-of-instruction exams, and Oklahoma now is 44th in per pupil expenditures.

 While Barresi’s claim to being a knowledgeable educator is solely connected to charter schools, she assures voters she deserves to be re-elected because she is a “conservative reformer.”

These two words are distinct opposites and of opposing natures, not the mantra of a visionary.  

Oklahoma has been conservatively reformed into last place.    

If we want to correct the current pitiful situation, the opportunity is ours — now.

Nancy J. Presnall

Enid

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