The election results are in: Ryan Walters is Oklahoma’s next superintendent of public instruction, and Kevin Stitt will serve a second term as governor.
The outcome almost guarantees a renewed push for private school vouchers in 2023. Expect more controversies over teaching history, sex and gender policies and library books, too. Read my post-election analysis here.
As we continue to cover the impact of this election, Oklahoma Watch reporters are looking to talk to teachers about the future of teaching in the state. Please contact Ari Fife at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your perspective.
— Jennifer Palmer
- Walters’ win represents a victory for Stitt’s education agenda. Walters, in his victory speech, declared: “Folks, Oklahoma won’t go woke.” [NonDoc]
- Stitt said he will continue to push for school choice options for parents, including private school vouchers. [The Oklahoman]
- Voters approved a $955 million bond proposal for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the largest in the school district’s history, to build two new high schools, expand Taft Middle School and consolidate four southside schools in new buildings. [The Oklahoman]
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