State Supt. Hofmeister to speak at public meeting on 11/10

posted Nov 5, 2017, 10:29 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 5, 2017, 10:29 AM ]

State education leader Joy Hofmeister will make remarks and answer questions at a public meeting in Bartlesville on Friday afternoon, November 10, 2017.  The event, sponsored by Public Education Advocates for Kids (PEAK), is scheduled from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Tri County Tech event center at 6101 SE Nowata Road.

Hofmeister, who is Oklahoma’s superintendent of public instruction, is expected to make brief remarks and then take questions submitted by parents, teachers, and students. 

A panel of three local residents will be asking the questions. Panelists are Brian Davis, a 7th-grade teacher at Central Middle School and parent of two children, Joey Eidson, principal of Madison Middle School and parent of two children, and Greta Olsen, a Bartlesville High School senior who is an outstanding athlete as well as a National Merit Semifinalist. 

The public may submit questions for the panelists to ask by going to the PEAK Facebook page or by emailing questions to

The meeting will be moderated by Keri Bostwick, an educator and PEAK founding member. 

The event is part of a day-long visit to Bartlesville by the superintendent during which she will meet with area school district administrators, local media, and the general public. The visit was arranged through the efforts of former State Senator John Ford.

Hofmeister, who took office as state superintendent in 2015, has been a strong advocate for increased teacher pay and increased time for teaching and learning for Oklahoma school children. In her first month in office, she proposed the #OKHigh5 plan to increase teacher compensation to the regional average and days of instruction to the national average.
In her two legislative sessions as state superintendent, Hofmeister has led a number of successful efforts to improve public education in Oklahoma despite steep revenue failures. 

In spring 2016, Hofmeister piloted a plan to provide the ACT for every high school junior in Oklahoma at no cost to students or districts. She was a chief architect of the state legislation that repealed End of Instruction (EOI) tests and replaced them with a new plan to ensure high-value assessment tools, less time testing, and more time for instruction and personalized learning. 

In 2015, she moved to strengthen the standards-making process for mathematics and English language arts, insisting on greater transparency and wider collaboration with stakeholders. The new academic standards were implemented in the 2016-2017 school year.

Hofmeister is a former public school teacher and owner of a small education-focused business. She is the mother of four graduates of Oklahoma’s public school system and maintains a residence in Tulsa with her husband, judge Gerald L. Hofmeister.

This event is the third public forum organized by PEAK this year. In April, the all-volunteer education advocacy organization sponsored a standing-room-only meeting with the three state legislators representing Bartlesville and the surrounding area. In August, the group sponsored a meeting in which four area school superintendents fielded questions. 
PEAK was formed in early 2017 as a Bartlesville-based education advocacy group, with the primary goal of improving state funding of public education. 
PEAK Forum 11/10/2017