OKLAHOMA – Two school districts have been disciplined by the Oklahoma State Board of Education for failing to adhere to the state’s law against allowing Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public classrooms.
House Bill 1775 was passed in 2021 and, according to State Senator David Bullard, serves the purpose of “protect[ing] our children across the state from being taught revisionist history and that ‘one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex,’ or that ‘an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.'”
Unsurprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the bill.
Governor Kevin Stitt signed HB 1775 into law on May 7, 2021. A previous complaint had already been filed in the Tulsa Public School, and later one in Mustang Public Schools. Even though one of the complaints was filed prior to the bill becoming a law, the State Board of Education said that neither school has made strides to correct its deficiencies since then.
In a 4-2 vote, the State Board handed down discipline to both school districts, specifically an “accreditation with warning,” which is apparently the third step in the board’s five-step accreditation tiers. This step requires the districts to prove they’ve made the necessary changes, which, in this case, is to remove all CRT-esque teaching materials and curricula from the schools within their district.
The bill actually recommends the second step, but the board voted to increase the discipline for violation of “accreditation with deficiencies.”
In the Tulsa complaint incident, Board member and State Representative Ajay Pitman said that the district allowed training for teachers (not students) that was meant “to shame white people for past offenses in history.”
In the incident in Mustang Public Schools, apparently, a complaint was made involving a role-playing anti-bullying lesson performed between a teacher and students.
This disciplinary action comes days after Oklahoma Education Secretary Ryan Walters shared two books available in the Tulsa Public Schools library on Fox & Friends. The books “Gender Queer” and “Flamer” have since apparently been removed from the district’s shelves, even though the “woke” superintendent, as Walters referred to her, approved of the material.
Walters made a post on Facebook on the books, which was censored due to material that was too graphic. Walters commented on the “wild” irony that the schools are showing content to students that even Facebook won’t allow. “We’ve got woke Facebook that’s got higher standards than the superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools,” Walters said. “It’s just outrageous.”
The superintendent, Dr. Deborah Gist, told Walters to “knock it off” after seeing his post.
Walters said Gist is a “social justice warrior,” pointing out the school being out of compliance with the CRT ban. “This is indicative of why this is one of the lowest performing schools in our state,” he said. “We’ve got folks in positions of power and administrators that are more focused on a woke ideology and an agenda rather than making sure kids can read and write.”
In a write-up on Dr. Gist, the Tulsa School District raves about it being nationally recognized for Social Emotional Learning (a fancy phrasing that is a part of CRT in classrooms). She also boasts all of her awards and recognitions from race and gender-based organizations.
This piece was written by Leah Anaya on August 1, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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