Oklahoma school districts schedule Election Day holiday
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least seven Oklahoma public school districts plan to make Election Day a holiday this year to encourage teachers and staff to vote.
The state’s two largest districts, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools, have scheduled Nov. 6 as an off day, The Oklahoman reported . Muskogee, Ada and Shawnee schools have also marked Election Day as a holiday.
“I think even if it makes it easier for just a handful of teachers or faculty, or anyone else, to vote, then it is more than worth it,” said Chelsea Cruse, a government and politics teacher at Woodward High School. “I know it will make it easier for me, personally.”
Cruse said she also hopes that it’ll encourage students who are 18 to vote.
The day off could also be a chance to teach students a civics lesson, said Andy Moore, the founder of Let’s Fix This, a nonprofit organization encouraging increased civic engagement.
“It might be a better opportunity for parents to take their kids to the polls and let them see them vote,” Moore said. “I think it’s really inspiring in lots of ways because it prioritizes voter engagement and people having a voice.”
District officials said they’ve shifted the date of an off day and schools will meet for the same number of days during the school year.
Union Public Schools in Tulsa considered using a winder break day to make Election Day a holiday. Officials ultimately decided against the move after parents said the late change would cause scheduling conflicts.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com