OKC School Board Approves No School On Election Day

Grant Hermes, News 9

The Oklahoma City School Board approved of a measure to have no school on Election Day.

The measure was approved in Monday night's meeting. Several teacher groups have asked school districts across the state to have the day off on Election Day to allow teachers the ample time to vote.

In a statement the district's Acting Superintendent Rebecca Kaye said "I am proud of our OKCPS teachers for their continued advocacy and that the Board has created space for our school teams to continue being engaged in the next phase of this important work as they use their voices to advocate for fair funding for education here in Oklahoma on behalf of our students."

The calendar change comes close behind the teacher walkout and a record number of candidates filing to run for office, including many who are teachers or call themselves education-minded candidates.

The Oklahoma Education Association,the state's largest teachers organization, is behind a lot of the push for reform at the capitol.

"We're working with our members right now to go knock doors, work for candidates. We are working diligently to fight the veto referrendum that is out so we still have work we need to be doing," said Katherine Bishop, Oklahoma Education Association.

Many state legislator seats are up for election this year as well as all state offices such as Governor. Yukon Public Schools is also having no school on Election Day.

Election Day is Nov. 6 and the last day of school for Oklahoma City Public Schools is May 24, 2019.