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Hofmeister takes spot on school standards committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The new head of Oklahoma's public school system is taking a spot on a committee looking at new standards for math and English.

At her first meeting as Oklahoma's schools superintendent, Joy Hofmeister on Thursday said she wanted to hold one of the Board of Education's seats on the panel. Committee member Bill Price gave up his seat so Hofmeister could join the group. If he hadn't, Hofmeister's attendance would have violated the state's Open Meetings Act because four members of the state Education Board would have been present _ enough for a quorum.

The panel was set up after the state last year dropped Common Core standards and administrators said they would develop new guidelines for public schools.

The board Thursday also approved changes to the state's schools budget.

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