Democrats in the state Senate have revolted against the governor’s picks to the state Board of Education, a product of a mostly partisan divide over school choice policies.

Advocates for charter schools and school vouchers have praised some of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s picks to the board for their depth of education policy and their experience with nontraditional public schools.

But most Senate Democrats view the picks as a threat to traditional public education and in conflict with the mission of the state school board.

The clash came to a head last week when state Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, declined to shepherd two of Stitt’s board appointees through the Senate confirmation process — Jennifer Monies and Estella Hernandez.

With just nine of the 48 members in the Senate, Democrats alone can’t prevent the appointments, which require Senate confirmation.

School choice advocate Robert Ruiz said he’s optimistic about Stitt’s nominees to the board because of some of the appointees’ education policy experience and because the new members will add diversity to the seven-member board.

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