The Latest in Oklahoma – August 20, 2023

August 21, 2023

Oklahoma State Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond, announced Friday he will resign from his legislative seat on September 1 after disagreements sparked on whether Rep. Ryan Martinez was eligible to continue his term in the Legislature following his plea agreement on a felony DUI charge. Martinez stated that he takes full responsibility for his actions and desires to resign so that his constituents are “represented without distraction.”
The State Board of Education is expected to consider the district’s accreditation Aug. 24, a week after classes resume for TPS students. Walters has said all options are on the table, including nonaccreditation, which would halt all state recognition of and taxpayer funding for the district that serves about 34,000 students. However, on Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt said he believes the State Board of Education will not overreact when considering accreditation for Tulsa Public Schools. 
Reach Out and Read—a national nonprofit that champions the positive effects of reading daily and engaging in other language-rich activities with young children—has served over 45,000 kids from the age of 6 months to 5 years old and distributed over 95,000 books in the state. OU researchers contributed to a study that found that caregivers are 27% more likely to read to their children every day after experiencing the program. 
United Way of Northwest Oklahoma recently received a $50,000 ADM Cares grant to fight hunger and provide food and nutritional information to eight food resource centers in Northwest Oklahoma. Each food resource center will receive support to purchase food for distribution, and ADM Grain employees will help with unloading food and distribute nutritional information at each location.

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