Oklahoma education influenced by interest group

By: ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World
By: ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi is a member of a group called Chiefs for Change, which advocates an education reform model promoted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Emails from 2011 and 2012 among backers of the program include one that shows the Bush foundation was involved with the Oklahoma State Department of Education's writing of the rules for the new A-F school report cards.

The Tulsa World reports Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education also helped with changes to Oklahoma's Reading Sufficiency Act intended to end "social promotion," and online supplemental learning.

Other emails show that Assistant State Superintendent Kerri White sought assistance with Oklahoma's application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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