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Election Day will be holiday for Ada schools

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ADA, Okla. -- Ada City Schools is making Election Day a school holiday this year.

The school's administration is also encouraging first-time voters to get to the polls on November 6.

Ada City Schools Superintendent Mike Anderson said they wanted to find a way to continue the efforts made by Oklahoma teachers last spring.

"We actually formed an advocacy committee and it was a topic of discussion," he said. "As we're looking forward, 'What's next? What are we going to do now? This can't stop here.'"

Their solution? Giving the district a holiday on Election Day to get as many people to polls as possible to fight for better funding for education.

"We must stay committed to this cause for the proper funding of education, and place a great deal of importance on getting to the polls, and getting teachers to the polls, and staying heavily involved in the political process," Anderson said.

And the holiday is also meant to encourage high school seniors who will have their first opportunity to cast a ballot.

"We've actually held voter registration drives at the high school for various reasons in the past, and to -- obviously -- place an importance on this election cycle," the superintendent said. 

Anderson believes this cycle of elections is the most important for education he's seen in his career, and he hopes other districts will follow Ada's lead.

"We really believe -- and I think it will be proven --  to be a little bit of a movement when it gets closer to that time," he said. "We're ahead of the game and don't have to change our calendar. Our parents and patrons can make plans well in advance of being out of school that day."

Tulsa, Oklahoma City Muskogee and Shawnee are among the other Oklahoma school districts planning an Election Day holiday this year.

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