Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 27, 2011
Sen. Clark Jolley Sen.
Sens. Ford and Jolley call for board member's resignation
State Senators John Ford and Clark Jolley are calling for a member
of the State School Board to resign from that post.
Jolley, a member of the Senate Education Committee said he was appalled
by reports that former State Senator and current board member Herb
Rozell had referred to State Superintendent Janet Barresi's legislative
liaison as "useless" because she was pregnant and her
baby is expected to be born during the legislative session.
"I thought it was archaic, misogynistic and deplorable. I'm
calling on him to publicly apologize to her and resign his position
on the State Board," said Jolley, R-Edmond. "In this day
and age, to have that type of attitude about a woman's ability to
serve is offensive, discriminatory and just wrong."
Ford, who represents Craig, Nowata and Washington counties in the
Senate and chairs the Education Committee, said he was deeply offended
by the remark.
"I am a father, a husband and a grandfather. My wife and my
daughter worked through pregnancies and they continued doing a tremendous
job," Ford said. "When my granddaughter enters the workforce,
I want her to have the opportunities that every citizen in this
state, every person in this nation should have--and they shouldn't
be held back because they're pregnant."
Jolley said after hearing of the comments made at the meeting, he
regretted voting in favor of Rozell’s confirmation to the
State School Board.
For more information contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-5622
Sen. Ford: (405) 521-5634