Nelson Responds to Allegations Against Oklahoma Secretary of Education

May 2, 2022
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May 2, 2022 (Oklahoma City, OK) – Jena Nelson, candidate for Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction, released the following statement regarding allegations of misappropriation and mishandling of public funds against Oklahoma Secretary of Education Ryan Walters:

“I’m outraged by the recent allegations made against the Secretary of Education, but I’m not surprised. We could barely get Clorox wipes in our public schools while he was sending millions of desperately needed dollars to an unaccountable company in Florida. This administration is most defined by its corrupt practices. History is the best predictor of future performance and this governor and his ‘friends’ have been involved with multiple scandals involving Epic Virtual Charter Schools, Swadley’s Bar-B-Que and now pandemic relief spending. I can only imagine their twisted plans for our public school dollars if the Secretary of Education is elected to an office with actual authority and power,” Mrs. Nelson said.

Mrs. Nelson is a student support coordinator and academic enhancement instructor. Her classroom excellence was recognized when she won 2020 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an educator, Mrs. Nelson is mom to 17-year-old son, Rafe, and 12-year-old daughter, Linnea. Her husband, Karl, is a professor and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. Mrs. Nelson has been an educator for more than 16 years and has helped her students earn over $4 million in scholarships. She has been selected to direct at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and was chosen as a presenter at the International Music Festival in Campina Grande Brazil. In 2020, she was asked by Congresswoman Kendra Horn to attend the State of the Union Address in Washington D.C. She recently spoke at the National Academy for Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference, and was presented the Award for Teaching Excellence from the OEA.

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