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Sen. Adam Pugh’s Press Releases

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Several education bills to support teachers will soon be considered by the House after receiving approval from the full Senate. Senate Education chair Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, authored the bills to repeal the state’s outdated teacher evaluation system, create a mentor teacher program and establish a comprehensive website for open teaching positions.       

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday to ensure Oklahoma students are educated about the largest act of genocide in world history. Authored by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, Senate Bill 1671 would direct the State Department of Education (SDE) to develop and provide public schools with an age-appropriate Holocaust curriculum for 6th through 12th grade students beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure authored by Senate Education Committee Chair Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, was approved Tuesday to try to find answers to the ongoing teacher shortage. Senate Bill 1630 would direct school districts to conduct exit interviews when a teacher leaves their position, just as many private sector companies do with their employees.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma could soon join the other 33 states that honor America’s military by not taxing their retirement pay, following the Senate’s unanimous approval of Senate Bill 401 Wednesday. The measure is authored by Air Force veteran Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, and Sen. Brenda Stanley, vice chair of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Education Committee chairman Adam Pugh wants Oklahoma to think outside the box when it comes to students earning credits for graduation. The Edmond Republican is the author of Senate Bill 1623, the Learn Everywhere Act, to allow public school students to be eligible for extended learning opportunities outside the classroom.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Workforce and Economic Development Working Group for Pandemic Relief Funding issued a call Friday for proposals to address the child care crisis keeping many Oklahomans out of the workforce. Working group co-chairs, Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, and Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, said they have heard repeatedly that the lack of accessibility and cost of child care has caused many parents to quit their jobs.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, is committed to continue working to make Oklahoma the top state in America for retired and active veterans as well as those separated from service. Among his efforts this session is Senate Bill 401, a carryover measure from last year, to exempt military retirement from state income taxes.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, on Thursday announced the Senate appointments to the newly created Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).

Previously, Treat named Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, as co-chair of the joint committee made up of members from the Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The Senate appointments to JCAR are:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, Oklahoma’s high school students will join thousands of other students around the country in taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. Officially signed into law during the legislative session, a ceremonial signing was held last week at the Capitol for Senate Bill 642. Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, was the Senate author of the measure and said it will provide another free tool for students as they begin examining possible careers.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 70 interim studies have been approved by Senate leadership, and among them are two by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond.  The Senate Education Committee chairman and member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education wants to study teacher credentialing and certification as well as COVID’s impact on learning outcomes and what the state can do to overcome any negative effects.

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