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Candidates call for Oklahoma education reform

Candidates call for Oklahoma education reform

Education reform took center stage at Wednesday's candidate forum as five candidates seeking the state superintendent of schools position shared their ideas.

Published: June 17, 2010

The five candidates for Oklahoma's superintendent of schools were asked Wednesday how they would reform education in a state that ranks near the bottom of the nation for funding and also lags behind in the number of college graduates.

All agreed the state's education system is in need of change, but differed in their vision of a successful system.

Democrat Jerry Combrink said after 30 years as the superintendent of two school districts in rural southeastern Oklahoma, he knows students need options, and not every student is going to college.

"I believe that we need to prepare students for the future they want. Develop a two-track system ... so students who are not going to college are not diluting the teaching efforts of the students who are.”... FULL ARTICLE


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