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Oklahoma School Choice Supporters Advance in Primary

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, congratulates all the Oklahoma candidates supported by the Oklahoma Federation for Children Action Fund during Tuesday’s primary election. OFC-AF invested more than $280,000 in state races to support school choice proponents during the 2022 primary.

School Choice was a prime issue during Oklahoma’s 2022 legislative session, with Governor Kevin Stitt setting the stage during his State of the State Address on day one of session. Despite a surge of momentum from parents, the Education Savings Account bill, which would have allowed over 80% of Oklahoma students access to the education opportunities they need, was ultimately blocked by status quo forces.

Statement from Jennifer Carter, State Lead, American Federation for Children-Oklahoma: 

“For too long, Oklahoma legislators have made unions and education bureaucrats the priority in education debates and treated parents and students as an afterthought. That ends tonight.  We are proud of Oklahoma Federation for Children Action Fund’s work to educate Oklahomans on their lawmakers’ voting records, and we will continue to stand in the gap for families who want and deserve more education options.

“I am thankful for the leadership of Governor Kevin Stitt and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and hope to see many more Senators and Representatives develop as leaders in the school choice movement.”

Details:

The following successful candidates were supported by the Oklahoma Federation for Children Action Fund:

  • John Haste SD 36
  • Sherrie Conley HD 20
  • Chris Banning HD 24

Ally Seifried – SD 2 and Collin Duel – HD 31 are headed to a runoff on August 23rd.

Additionally, OFC-AF opposed Logan Phillips – HD 24 based on his stance against education freedom.

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