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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2019

Sen. Carrie Hicks
Sen. Carrie Hicks

Senator Hicks Statement on Nominations to the State Board of Education

Senator Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement regarding nominations by Governor Stitt to the State Board of Education:

“Yesterday I informed the Governor’s office I am respectfully declining to be the Senate sponsor for Governor Stitt’s nominations of Jennifer Monies and Estela Hernandez to the Oklahoma State Board of Education. I take the Senate’s advice and consent role very seriously. I have a bipartisan record of working with Governor Stitt this session as the Senate sponsor of thirteen of his executive nominations, and I support his goal of adding diversity to state boards and agencies.

“As part of the new Senate process of robust vetting of the Governor’s executive nominations, I met with both Ms. Monies and Ms. Hernandez to discuss their qualifications and views on public education. After meeting with both nominees, it is clear that I have a fundamental disagreement with them on education policy and the direction of public education in Oklahoma. I am proud to be a second generation Oklahoma public school teacher and a strong advocate for public education. I look forward to working with the Governor, my colleagues in the Legislature, and education stakeholders to best serve the 700,000 students in public schools all across Oklahoma.”

For more information, contact:
Sen. Hicks: (405) 521-5543

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