The Oklahoma State Department of Education
is the state education agency
of the State of Oklahoma
charged with determining the policies and directing the administration and supervision of the public school
system of Oklahoma. The State Board of Education, the governing body of the Department, is composed of the Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction
and six members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma
with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate
. The State Superintendent, in addition to serving as chair of the Board, serves as the chief executive officer of the Department and is elected by the voters of Oklahoma every four years.
The current State Superintendent of Public Instruction is Janet Barresi
. Barresi is currently serving her first term in office, with her first term beginning on January 10, 2011, and is set to end in 2015.
The State Board of Education, and thus the State Department of Education, was created in its current configuration in 1971 during the term of Governor David Hall
. The agency maintains its headquarters in the Oliver Hodge Building at 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City
.." Oklahoma State Board of Education
. Retrieved on April 3, 2009.
Together with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
, the Department forms the core of Oklahoma's public education system.
The Department is led by the Secretary of Education
and the State......