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"I Voted" stickers await voters at the Oklahoma County Board of Elections, in Oklahoma City, during early, in-person absentee voting. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
"I Voted" stickers await voters at the Oklahoma County Board of Elections, in Oklahoma City, during early, in-person absentee voting. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Happy Election Day! Primary elections are taking place across Oklahoma today, including races for governor and many state Senate and House seats. The Oklahoman has coverage all-day at NewsOK, including live video updates tonight. 

Dozens of teachers are running for state office this year, more than in 2016. You can read more here

State superintendent Joy Hofmeister faces two challengers in the Republican primary, though she is expected to win

WATCH: The Oklahoman has produced a mini documentary about the primary race for governor, which includes coverage of the two-week teachers strike and the response from candidates. You can watch that video here, or view it below. 


OKC private school says LeBron James wasn't in town 

OKCPS is losing another principal

Michelle Seybolt has resigned from Hayes Elementary School to accept a position with the state Education Department, Oklahoma City Public Schools announced last week.

Since April, seven principals have left the district for other jobs, including Alisa Stieg (Edgemere Elementary), Neal Johnson (Greystone Elementary), Ashley Davis (Classen School of Advanced Studies), and Mylo Miller (Harding Charter Preparatory High School).

Earlier this month, Adams Elementary Principal Heather Zacarias left the district to take a job as director of elementary education at John Rex Charter Elementary School in downtown Oklahoma City.

Tulsa working to improve pedestrian access near schools

On Monday, work crews began cutting a sidewalk at Jackson Elementary School to make it safer for the students who walk to school, reports the Tulsa World.

The goal: Avoid accidents when the school reopens as Unity Learning Academy in the fall.

The work was part of the Vision Tulsa package that passed in 2016, earmarking $14.5 million for safety improvements at Tulsa, Union and Jenks school sites across the city. About 18 schools will see work this summer that’s projected to be complete by August.

Have a great Tuesday! 

Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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