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Potential State Superintendent Visits Lawton

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LAWTON Okla_ A longtime Oklahoma professor said lawmakers need to put more money into education.

"We are not funding education in Oklahoma," Dr. Ivan Holmes said.

Holmes is running for State School Superintendent and was in Lawton Thursday to lay out his platform. The democrat is no stranger to politics. He was Education Commissioner under Former Governor David Boren.

Holmes said that all of Oklahoma's teachers are either retiring or moving to other states because of better pay, and the state funding of education is one of the worst in the country. He wants citizens in all 77 counties to demand their legislators fund education or vote them out.

"I can go through all kinds of material here about our funding," Holmes said. "We're 49th or 50th in the country, down $220 million, yet more teachers."

Holmes said he wants to get the classroom away from being run by the government and back to being run by teachers and school administrators. He also supports the petition to get storm shelters in all Oklahoma schools.

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