Weekly Radio Message - State Superintendent Janet Barresi

Below is the transcript from State Supt. Barresi's weekly radio message from Feb. 11, 2011. The audio file is attached below.


Hello and welcome to my weekly video message.

I’m Janet Barresi, Superintendent of Public Instruction for Oklahoma.

This week, Governor Fallin delivered her State of the State address, and we also learned details about her proposed executive budget. I'm pleased that Governor Fallin has made education in our state a top priority. Even in a tight fiscal environment facing a budget shortfall, Governor Fallin and her advisers have worked to minimize the impact on schools statewide.

Moving forward, we must use taxpayer dollars efficiently and effectively and we must focus our efforts on getting more dollars into the classroom. We must also recognize that we face a new normal and that fiscal challenges will remain with us for several years.

That means working smarter with less, and maximizing every dollar that comes into our state coffers.

Governor Fallin’s State of the State address also featured education reform as a top priority. She talked about pockets of excellence in our state.

Governor Fallin and I want to work to make those islands of excellence into continents by doing things like ending social promotion and by embracing technology and digital learning.

In fact this week I spoke to technology coordinators and directors for school districts statewide and I shared this same exciting vision about the impact of digital learning.

We can fundamentally transform education in Oklahoma  and the fulcrum for that transformation  is technology and digital learning.

We’re working on some exciting changes at the Department of Education using web 2-0 tools, social media and more and I look forward to announcing details of these initiatives soon.

I'd like to close with a little more information about snow days and the school year. This week saw another round of winter storms move throughout the state. To help school districts in the difficult process of adjusting schedules to account for snow days, I directed that the testing window for end-of-instruction exams and other tests be extended.

You can view that revised calendar on the State Department of Education website. Just go to our homepage, and look for the banner at the top of the page with a link to the revised schedule.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next week.

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Last updated on December 14, 2011