Kevin recently replaced four of the six Oklahoma State Board of Education members with all the precision of a bazooka. 

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Jerry Bennett

Kevin recently replaced four of the six Oklahoma State Board of Education members with all the precision of a bazooka.

The new board members include an oil and gas CEO, a homeschool teacher, an accounting firm owner and a pharmacist, because who knows more about the future of public school education than that roster? They might know a thing or two about privatization though, and what is government for if not to providing new revenue streams to Kevin’s  friends?

Kevin retained Yukon businessman Trent Smith, although redistricting means he moves to a different congressional district and spelling bee champion Ryan Walters rounds it out.

On their way out are a realtor, a “lubricant industry account manager,” a charter school and nonprofit executive and the board president for a school advocacy group (one also formerly headed by Walters). 

It’s hard to tell from that shakeup whether Oklahoma can expect to see a glorious return to its position as 48th in the nation for education or if “owning the libs” will put Kevin and his cronies where we all think he’s headed — to dead last in the country when it comes to schooling.

Rumor has it that the new curriculum will include a Pledge of Allegiance recitation every hour on the hour, daily Christian prayer meetings (attendance not required but strongly encouraged) and weekly story hour with an armed police officer or soldier in uniform. 

All free lunches are canceled because there’s no such thing and all students will be required to take at least one credit hour in bootstrapping for graduation.

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