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Gov. Stitt rescinds nominee to the State School Board

Posted at 3:33 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 17:06:29-05

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Governor Kevin Stitt announced he is rescinding the nomination of Melissa Crabtree to the State School Board.

Stitt nominated Crabtree last week after removing another member of the board from their position. Crabtree's prior posts on social media made news after the announcement and as a result she asked the governor to rescind her nomination.

“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," she said in a statement.

Stitt said he thinks the quick judgment about Crabtree is political:

“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.”

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