Education Chairwoman Endorses Hofmeister;
“The Leader We Need to Increase Teacher Compensation”
(OKLAHOMA CITY - Wednesday, October 15, 2014) "House Education chairwoman Ann Coody, and former principal of Lawton MacArthur High School, today endorsed Joy Hofmeister for State Superintendent of Education.
“She’s the right person at the right time to address our teacher shortage and increase compensation for our educators,” Coody said.
“This is a pivotal time and support for education is essential. We need a leader who can get it done. I know Joy is not only a strong supporter of public education, but she will lead and can accomplish what she sets out to accomplish,” Coody said.
“Hofmeister said she’s honored to be supported by Coody, a 39-year public school educator, a classroom teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and nine years as the principal of MacArthur.
"Chairwoman Coody needs help in her drive to support public education. She’s been a champion, but needs help at the state Capitol. Together, I know we can build the coalitions needed to accomplish common sense reforms and adequate compensation for our teachers,” Hofmeister said.
“Ann will be in her last two years in the state Legislature, and we share a commitment to increase teacher compensation before she leaves the Legislature. It would be an honor to wage this battle with her.”
Hofmeister is a former member of the state Board of Education, who often disagreed with current Superintendent Janet Barresi. After sparks flew, Hofmeister spent a year campaigning to defeat Barresi, and she now faces the General Election on November 4.