Hofmeister wins GOP nomination for school chief

Janet Barresi, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former state Education Board member Joy Hofmeister has won the Republication nomination for Oklahoma state school superintendent.

Hofmeister defeated incumbent Janet Barresi and challenger Brian Kelly in Tuesday's primary election. She'll face one of four Democrats in the running for that party's nomination.

Barresi was first elected to office in 2010 at the height of the tea party movement and vowed to reform the state's public education system.

But her inability to win support from some educators, administrators and parents had left her vulnerable to challengers within her own party.

Hofmeister had been critical of the A-F grading scale for public schools, which Barresi endorsed. Hofmeister said the system was not useful or reliable.

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