Weekly Radio Message - State Superintendent Janet Barresi

Below is the transcript from State Supt. Barresi's weekly radio message from May 27, 2011. The audio file is attached below.


Hello and welcome to my regular video message.

I’m Janet Barresi, Oklahoma’s state superintendent of public instruction.

With the end of the legislative session and the start of summer, I want to make sure the information I provide here remains relevant and useful. So I will be shifting my updates to a less frequent schedule than the once-a-week messages I’ve provided over the past five months.

This has been a busy and exciting time for education, with a slate of major reforms now signed into law. Now that the legislative session has ended, we’re hard at work on the details of the education budget for the state. This is going to be a challenging year. We must find ways to account for a 4.1 percent cut that amounts to almost one-hundred million dollar cut. There are no easy decisions to be made about funding for programs. My pledge is to minimize the impact on school districts as much as possible. We’re also restructuring the State Department of Education for efficiency and service.

I want to assure that everything we do will be focused on what is best for children.

With the end of the school year upon us, it’s an exciting time for children and families. I encourage parents to make this a time of fun learning. Summer vacation is an important time when parents can help by encouraging children to continue to read and to take part in activities that engage their minds.

Local public libraries across the state are participating in this year’s summer reading program under the theme of “One World, Many Stories” for children, and the theme of “You Are Here” for teens. And this year the Oklahoma college savings plan is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries during the summer reading program to sponsor the destination college savings sweepstakes. Two summer reading program participants will each win a $2,529 Oklahoma college savings plan account. And the library of the winner will also receive $1,000.

As Oklahomans head out this weekend for Memorial Day, I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our veterans, the brave men and women who have served to secure our country’s freedoms. I hope you’ll join me in honoring their service and sacrifice.

Thanks for watching and we'll talk again soon.

Last updated on December 14, 2011