Senator Adam Pugh of Edmond to hold interim studies on teacher certification and learning outcomes post-COVID

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report 
More than 70 interim studies have been approved by Senate leadership, and among them are two by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond. 

The Senate Education Committee chairman and member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education wants to study teacher credentialing and certification as well as COVID’s impact on learning outcomes and what the state can do to overcome any negative effects.

“With thousands of bills to consider and vote on during session, along with crafting the state budget, we simply don’t have enough time to research complex issues, so interim studies play a critical role in the legislative process,” Pugh said. 

“Two of my concerns are figuring out how to get more teachers in the classroom and getting students back on track academically after the school closures last year and virtual classes. I’m anxious to hear from educators, parents, students and other educational experts about these issues and how we can further improve our educational system while attracting more professionals to our classrooms.”

Pugh said the two studies will take place in early fall. While the teacher credentialing study will be conducted by the Senate Education Committee, the academic impact of COVID-19 will be a joint study with the House Education Committee and chairwoman, Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon.

Pugh is currently seeking public input on the two issues as well as looking for administrators, teachers and other educational experts to participate in the two hearings. 

A Senate Staff Press release sent to news organizations, including, issued a request for participation: “If you’re interested in participating or sharing your ideas or concerns, please contact his office at (405) 521-5622 or”

Senate interim studies must be completed by Friday, November 5.