“You were not elected dictator,” board member Tim Gilpin said to Barresi about her first recommended hire.
Barresi placed her campaign manager Jennifer Carter on the agenda for the position of chief of staff. Gilpin questioned Carter's qualifications for the position.
I mean, really. Think about it: Barresi is a dentist, not an educator, and she won statewide support because the citizens of Oklahoma are tired of how ineffectual public education has become.
Governor Fallin issued the following statement:
“The public indicated their support of Superintendent Barresi when they elected her to office. She should clearly be able to appoint her own senior staff, especially given that all of her intended hires are well-qualified. My goal as governor, and Janet Barresi's goal as superintendent, is to improve our schools and help our children. I would hope the Board of Education would join us in that mission rather than engage in the kind of obstructionism and cheap political theatrics they pursued today.”So, at present, Superintendent Barresi has no COS. And the story does not tell us what the other two positions were that she was denied.
Read the whole story here.
UPDATE: Read the McCarville Report and see how even Damon Gardenhire's position has been called into question.