Oklahoma Candidate Comparison

Drew Edmonson (D)

Former State Attorney General of Oklahoma

Kevin Stitt (R)


Education Record/History Education Record/History*
2018: Called for the “Step-Up Oklahoma” bill (HB 1033) to include a series of teacher pay raises   
2018: Announced plans to restore all education funding lost from budget cuts and re-enforce provisions of 1990 education reform bill HB1017 2018Expressed disagreement with HB1010, a bill that was passed to raise teacher pay through the raising of taxes following Oklahoma’s teacher strikes
2018: Joined striking teachers at the state capitol    
2001Partnered with AT&T to create the $30 million Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust  *This candidate has not previously held public office
Education Platform Education Platform
School FundingSupports raising oil and gas tax to 7 percent, increasing the cigarette tax, and eliminating the capital gains tax exemption to fully fund Oklahoma schools School FundingSupports allowing districts to use portions of their local property tax revenue on teacher pay instead of limiting these funds to buildings and infrastructure 
School ChoiceExpressed disagreement with vouchers and reinforced intention to keep all public funds in public schools  School ChoiceSupports expanding choice and competition in public education; believes that charter schools should have the same accountability expectations as public school
Pre-K: Supports making pre-K available to every student in Oklahoma TeachersProposes the creation of a temporary program to provide $5,000 bonuses to first-time teachers who are teaching in Oklahoma for the first time
Teachers: Supports raising teacher pay and ensuring smaller class sizes  
Higher EducationIntends to halt cut to higher education appropriations  



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