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Statement from Governor Stitt regarding Oklahoma State Board of Education

Monday, December 07, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 7, 2020) – Governor Kevin Stitt today released the following statement regarding the Oklahoma State Board of Education: 

“I spoke with Melissa Crabtree today and she requested that I rescind her appointment to the Oklahoma State Board of Education.  

I was extremely disappointed to see how many were so quick to judge her without taking the time to personally speak to her.  

Ms. Crabtree is a loving mother and wife, and her public school teaching experience and work with special needs children would have been valuable assets to our state. 

However, it’s become clear that Democrats and unions only value the voices of teachers when they are willing to fall in line with their political agendas.  

That being said, I respect her decision and will rescind her nomination. We will reopen the search process and identify a new appointee as soon as possible.” – Governor Kevin Stitt 

Crabtree also issued the following statement: 

“I am grateful to Governor Stitt for nominating me to serve on the Oklahoma State Board of Education and it is a tremendous honor to be considered. However, after careful consideration, I have determined that this is not the right opportunity for me to serve my state.” – Melissa Crabtree  


Last Modified on Aug 13, 2021
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