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Oklahoma educators energize #RedForEd movement with historic primary wins

Oklahoma educators captivated the nation and put state lawmakers on notice this spring.

Following the history-making educator walkout in April, 115 educators and others with close connections to education filed to run for office, according to the Oklahoma Education Association.

These educators and allies earned overwhelming support from voters in the primary election on June 26. The numbers tell the story.

The unprecedented 115 education candidates who filed to run include:

  • 79 teachers
  • 4 support professionals
  • 5 administrators
  • 8 retired educators/support professionals
  • 4 former educators now working in other fields
  • 15 immediate relatives of educators (spouses, parents, etc.).

Of those candidates, 93 had primaries on June 26.

In all, 71 education candidates are still in the running!

Voters also sent a clear message to lawmakers who opposed House Bill 1010xx, the April legislation that raised the revenue necessary to increase school funding and educator pay. Eleven legislators who voted no on the budget deal had challengers in the primary. Only two won their primary elections.

“Oklahoma educators showed up by the thousands at the Capitol this April, but the walkout was just the beginning,” said Alicia Priest, who taught Spanish and ELL for 16 years and now serves as president of the Oklahoma Education Association.

“The movement continued Tuesday night, and it will continue in the runoffs on August 28 and in the general election in November,” Priest said. “Oklahomans are demanding better for education, and they proved that at the ballot box.”

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