A group of seven Oklahoma lawmakers sent a letter to the Oklahoma Attorney General on Sept. 14, 2020, asking for an opinion about whether the governor appropriately spent federal COVID relief dollars meant for Oklahoma schools.
In July, the governor announced he would funneled millions of tax dollars into private schools and individual cash giveaways; OEA vehemently opposed his decision. Federal courts are already ruling against similar schemes in other states.
OEA President Alicia Priest responds
“We appreciate these lawmakers who are willing to stand up for the 703,000 children who attend Oklahoma public schools. The governor is funneling pandemic relief money into the pockets of the wealthy. These tax dollars were meant for public schools. He continues to follow the Betsy DeVos playbook of prioritizing the privileged few over the 91% of Oklahomans who send their kids to public schools. Thankfully, courts across the country are rejecting this scheme. The governor hasn’t done the right thing on his own, and we hope the attorney general will compel him to make choices that are both morally and legally right. Our children need leaders who support them — not ones who pick their pockets.”