Frustrated Teachers File For Oklahoma Political Seats

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 11:26 am
By: News On 6

 Nearly three dozen Oklahoma educators who say they're frustrated by some Republican-backed changes to public education are among those filing for seats in the state House and Senate during the first of a three-day filing period in Oklahoma City.

Candidates for all 101 seats in the Oklahoma House and 25 posts in the 48-member state Senate began filing Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Tulsa teacher and soccer coach John Croisant was among the first to file for state representative Wednesday morning.

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Among the other offices on the ballot in November are one U.S. Senate seat, five U.S. House posts, and a six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Many parents and teachers in Oklahoma say they're growing weary of legislative tinkering with public education. Republican-led attempts this year to approve a voucher system for private schools and consolidate some school districts fueled discontentment among educators.