UCO to Host Panel for State Superintendent Candidates, Debate on State Question 744

Tuesday, October 12th 2010, 9:26 am
By: News 9


EDMOND, Oklahoma -- The University of Central Oklahoma is hosting a panel discussion tonight at 7 p.m. between the three candidates vying for state superintendent followed by a debate on State Question 744.

If passed it would raise the amount of money spent on students Pre-K through 12th grades to the regional average.

According to new numbers from SoonerPoll, right now, 28 percent of Oklahomans are in favor of the bill, while 58 percent oppose it.

The discussion will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., Oct. 12, in Constitution Hall of Central's Nigh University Center, followed by a debate on State Question 744 from 8:10 to 9 p.m. in the same location.

Associate Dean of Central's College of Education and Professional Studies Bill Pink, Ph. D, will moderate the panel discussion between state superintendent candidates Janet Barresi (R), Richard Cooper (I) and Susan Paddack (D) as well as will moderate the debate. Joel Robinson, associate executive director for legislative and political organizing for the Oklahoma Education Association, will debate for State Question 744, while Jeff Wilson, campaign manager for One Oklahoma Coalition, will debate against the question.

"We are delighted to be a co-host of this very important event. Over the course of the next few months, education in Oklahoma will see change through a new Governor, a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction and possibly new mandates directed toward the way we educate and fund education," said Pink.

"We must be informed in order to make an informed decision in November, and this event provides assistance to that process. I'm looking forward to it."

The discussion and debate are open to the public. Parking for the event is free.