Category Archive for: governor

STITT APPOINTS NEW STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a former Trump judicial nominee, longtime Tulsa attorney John O’Connor, to serve as the attorney general of Oklahoma. O’Connor said he would work “with our governor and Legislature to bring honest, outstanding governance to Oklahomans” and expressed a willingness to fight in court to reverse some high-profile U.S. Supreme Court…Read More

Oklahoma Pardon And Parole Board Votes To Hold Enhanced Second Commutation Hearing In Julius Jones Case

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Monday to give death row prisoner Julius Jones a longer second stage commutation hearing to better understand the details of his case. Jones was convicted of murdering Edmond man Paul Howell in 1999. Jones claims he is innocent. The board already voted to move Julius Jones to the…Read More

School choice bill headed to governor

Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives have passed a significant expansion of a school-choice program that has benefited thousands of low-income students, sending the measure to Gov. Kevin Stitt to be signed into law. “These opportunities are real,” said House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, “and they change the trajectories of peoples’…Read More

OK Leaders Announce Budget Deal to Expand Private Education Scholarships

State leaders touted a “historic” investment in education in the proposed budget. Common education will see a $178 million increase in funding, which will trigger a provision in state law that caps class sizes for kindergarten and first-grade students. In total, the budget would appropriate $3.2 billion for common education. “After such a very challenging…Read More

Florida Governor Signs “Historic” School Choice Bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, signed a school choice bill Tuesday, allowing families to use public education tax dollars to send children to private schools, to homeschool, or to employ private tutors. Wealthy parents “can make whatever decisions they want” and “have the world as their oyster,” DeSantis said at a televised signing ceremony held at…Read More