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Oklahoma Governor: Stay In School Fund for Low-Income Students
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Oklahoma Governor: Stay In School Fund for Low-Income Students

Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) The Stay in School Fund tuition assistance program, launched by Governor Kevin Stitt in July 2020, has exceeded expectations in ensuring low-income families who suffered a COVID-19-related job loss or demonstrated financial challenges could maintain consistency in their child’s learning environment. "Our Stay in School program has successfully supported more low-income children and their families than officials predicted for a fraction of the cost,” said Gov. Stitt.  “By ensuring these children could remain within their educational support system amidst a global pandemic, we have provided critical stability for families who need it most.” “I am a single mother of two who attend a Christian school.  As is, I struggle to send them there, but I make the sacr...
Oklahoma: Updated Mobile ID To Support Real ID Enrollment
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Oklahoma: Updated Mobile ID To Support Real ID Enrollment

OKLAHOMA CITY (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt announced that the next version of the Oklahoma Mobile ID is now available.  The app has been expanded to allow Oklahoma residents to quickly and easily pre-enroll for REAL ID. "The team at the Department of Public Safety has worked tirelessly to update systems and adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 in order to implement REAL ID," said Gov. Stitt.  "The updated Mobile ID app will help streamline the process and ensure Oklahomans can begin the process of pre-enrolling in the critical program." The new REAL ID functionality gives Oklahomans the ability to jumpstart the enrollment process from the comfort of their home.  Mobile ID users can use the app’s checklist to confirm they have the correct documents, upload them using their...
Oklahoma: Department Of Health Announce Change To School Quarantine
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Oklahoma: Department Of Health Announce Change To School Quarantine

Gov. Stitt, Oklahoma State Department Of Health Announce Change To School Quarantine OKLAHOMA CITY (STL.News)  Governor Kevin Stitt announced that Oklahoma schools following safety protocols, including mask-wearing and social distancing, will be permitted to forgo the mandatory two-week quarantine period for potential COVID-19 exposures. Gov. Stitt and Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye emphasized the new Oklahoma State Department of Health policy is intended to keep students and teachers safe in school while also incentivizing mask usage and other precautions for school districts across the state. “We need to put our students first, and we need to get them back in class,” said Gov. Stitt.  “Refusing to offer in-person school is jeopardizing our kids' education; it’s jeopardizing...
Oklahoma Governor Expands Eligibility For Digital Wallet Grant
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Oklahoma Governor Expands Eligibility For Digital Wallet Grant

Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet grant program is changing its eligibility criteria in an effort to further expand the grant funds to Oklahoma families in need.  The grant will open up funds to families who were previously denied, and new applications are being accepted as well if families think they now qualify based on the new guidelines. Digital Wallet is set to provide $1,500 grants to more than 5,000 low-income Oklahoma families. Families must live in Oklahoma and have at least one child in K-12th grade during the 2020-21 school year, regardless of school type (public, private, homeschool, etc. are all eligible). Grant funds can be used to purchase curriculum content, tutoring services and/or technology. Previous eli...
Oklahoma Governor Appoints Michelle Lee Bodine-Keely District Judge
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Oklahoma Governor Appoints Michelle Lee Bodine-Keely District Judge

Governor Stitt Appoints District Judge For Tulsa And Pawnee Counties Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt today announced the appointment of Michelle Lee Bodine-Keely as a District Judge for Tulsa and Pawnee Counties. “Mrs. Keely served our state and country with distinction in the Oklahoma Air National Guard for over two decades and continues to serve Oklahomans as first assistant district attorney for Osage and Pawnee Counties,” said Gov. Stitt.  “I look forward to seeing her expertise and servant heart on display when she takes the bench as a district judge.” An Oklahoma native and lifelong resident, Keely is an experienced criminal litigator and former military lawyer who served the Oklahoma Air National Guard (OKANG) for 22 years. She retired from the military in Decem...
Oklahoma Governor Stitt: On The Retirement Plans For State University President Hargis
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Oklahoma Governor Stitt: On The Retirement Plans For State University President Hargis

Statement From Governor Stitt On The Retirement Plans For Oklahoma State University President Hargis Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of retirement plans for Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis: “My sincere congratulations to Burns Hargis today upon announcing his plans to retire next year as president of Oklahoma State University. Along with First Cowgirl Ann Hargis, Burns has overseen an extraordinary resurgence at OSU during the past 12 plus years and has been a transformational leader.  As a graduate of OSU, I am proud of my alma mater and as governor, I am grateful to both Burns and Ann for their exceptional service.” CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Oklahoma Governor Stit: September Unemployment Rate Continues To Decline, Remains In Top10
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Oklahoma Governor Stit: September Unemployment Rate Continues To Decline, Remains In Top10

Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) New figures released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor show Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 5.3% in September, ranking ninth lowest in the country. The September rate is an improvement from August’s 5.7% mark and below the national unemployment rate, which declined to 7.9%. “Oklahoma continues to be months ahead of other states in our recovery from COVID-19,” said Governor Kevin Stitt.  “This data shows how important it is to continue to protect our most vulnerable while also minimizing the other harmful effects of the pandemic.  We remain committed to strengthening our state's vibrant economy and job opportunities as Oklahomans continue to go back to work." In September, statewide se...
Oklahoma Governor Stitt Names Brian Bingman As Secretary Of State
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Oklahoma Governor Stitt Names Brian Bingman As Secretary Of State

Governor Stitt Names Brian Bingman As New Secretary Of State And Native American Affairs Secretary of Budget Mike Mazzei announces resignation to return to private sector Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced today he has named Chief Policy Advisor Brian Bingman as Secretary of State and Native American Affairs. Bingman, former President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, joined the Stitt Administration in August as the governor’s lead negotiator on legislative policy and will continue those duties as Secretary of State. “Senator Bingman is a natural choice to be our next Secretary of State,” said Gov. Stitt.  “It has been clear since he joined our team that he is respected by our colleagues in the Legislature and Oklahomans across the state.  His wisdom...
Oklahoma Governor Stitt Joins Jobs For America’s Graduates To Launch Jag-ok
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Oklahoma Governor Stitt Joins Jobs For America’s Graduates To Launch Jag-ok

Governor Stitt Joins Jobs For America’s Graduates To Launch Jag-ok Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt today joined Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG), a national nonprofit that serves the nation’s youth who face significant academic, environmental and economic challenges, to launch a new state affiliate in Oklahoma. “I am thrilled to join Jobs for America’s Graduates to launch JAG-OK in our great state,” said Gov. Stitt.  “In its four decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent and compelling results.  I am confident this new program will play a critical role in removing barriers to graduation and employment by helping our most vulnerable youth succeed in school, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs that lead to career advancement opport...
Oklahoma Governor Stitt: Cutting-edge Rapid Point-of-care Covid-19 Tests Being Distributed
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Oklahoma Governor Stitt: Cutting-edge Rapid Point-of-care Covid-19 Tests Being Distributed

Gov. Stitt Announces Cutting-edge Rapid Point-of-care Covid-19 Tests Being Distributed To Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt today announced Oklahoma has received an initial allocation of roughly 77,000 Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will prioritize the distribution of these tests and equipment to K-12 schools, high-risk health care workers and other vulnerable populations.  More specific details will be available in the coming days. “Distributing rapid point-of-care tests across our state will be incredibly valuable to keep our schools open for in-person instruction while protecting Oklahomans from this virus,” said Gov. Stitt.  “These tests will also help us keep our frontline healthcare w...
Oklahoma Governor Stit Names Ryan Walters Secretary Of Education
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Oklahoma Governor Stit Names Ryan Walters Secretary Of Education

Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) – Governor Kevin Stitt today named CEO of Every Kid Counts Oklahoma and public school teacher Ryan Walters as his Secretary of Education, a cabinet position that requires Senate confirmation. "Ryan Walters is a committed educator who has dedicated his life to moving the needle in educational outcomes for all Oklahoma students and to supporting his fellow teachers," said Gov. Stitt.  "His perspective as a public school teacher, and his leadership experience as the CEO of Every Kid Counts Oklahoma, will be invaluable as we continue to work toward Top Ten results in education." Ryan Walters taught eight years as a high school history teacher in his hometown at McAlester High School.  During his time at MHS, Walters taught Advanced Placement courses in World Hist...