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Candidate forum for Tulsa School Board election

Posted at 6:44 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 07:44:18-05

TULSA, Okla. — Two Tulsa School Board seats are up for election this year.

But before parents head to the polls, they have the opportunity to hear from each of the candidates Tuesday night in a public forum at Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy.

The Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association will be asking the candidates questions.

Four candidates are running for the District 5 and three for District 6.

The association said this is one of the most important school board elections they’ve had in years, after seeing multiple TPS school closings this school year.

Vice president Shawna Mott-Wright said it’s crucial for parents to be informed since the decisions board members make not only affect their children, but also play a role in teachers staying long term and keeping schools open.

She hopes the forum will give parents a better idea of who they’re voting for.

“You don’t want to go in there voting blind. You don’t want to go in there blind. You want to know and get a feel for people, what they believe, what their values are," said Mott-Wright. "Can you trust them?”

The election is set for February 11, but the candidates must receive over 50 percent of the votes or a runoff election will take place in April.

The forum for District 5 starts at 5:45 pm and District 6 follows starting at 7.

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