Students First

Joy is a former public school teacher, an executive with private sector experience, and a researcher with a passion for finding ways to improve our schools and improve student academic performance. Joy’s experience, dedication and passion for reform led to her appointment to the State Board of Education in January of 2012.


Here's what I can say:

“During my tenure on the state board of education, I learned that Janet Barresi believes the law applies to everyone except herself. Her casual disregard for the law has led to her inability to properly implement important education reforms because she seeks to do so in the dark of night. Mrs. Barresi conducts business more similar to a dictatorship than a democracy. She is resistant to public input and discourages transparency and collaboration which are critical to achieve positive results.

This is yet another Barresi failure. She gets an F.

Mrs. Barresi is so determined to push her personal viewpoints without parental nor teacher input, that she's willing to do just about anything, at any cost, to get her way. This is why I resigned from the state board of education to run for this seat. This is what happens when government is too heavily centralized into the hands of one bureaucrat or one politician with the public shut out. We need new leadership because of failed leadership."

I've always believed that violations of the law tend to occur when politicians place themselves beyond its reach. In this case, we have a tyrannical politician running our state Department of Education in Mrs. Barresi, and she is determined to control our classrooms and our kids from her office on Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City.

It's time to reject Barresi's lack of transparency and say no to her continued efforts to break state law. I believe it is sad beyond belief that the example to Oklahoma schoolchildren today from Mrs. Barresi is a complete disregard for the law. Breaking the law is never appropriate behavior for students and certainly not for our State Superintendent of Public Instruction.”

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