Tulsa Public Schools was disciplined by the Oklahoma State Board of Education on Thursday for multiple violations of a state ban on teaching divisive Critical Race Theory ideology, including a lesson meant to “shame white people for past offenses in history.”
Although a less severe “accreditation with deficiency” was recommended, the board voted 4-2 to go a step further and downgrade the district’s accreditation to “accreditation with warning,” Fox 23 reported. Mustang Public Schools was also found to have violated state law and was downgraded.
The board’s definition of “accreditation with warning” is that “the site (or school) fails to meet one or more of the standards. Seriously detracts from the quality of the school’s education program.”
The vote came after a complaint from a teacher regarding a development training that she believed violated House Bill 1775, which was signed into law last May and prohibits Critical Race Theory being taught in Oklahoma public schools — the ideology effectively teaches that based on race, people are either victims or oppressors.
The bill “protects 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,’” Republican State Sen. David Bullard said after the bill was passed, according to Fox News.
Florida rejects math textbooks in record numbers over critical race theory https://t.co/Gam15hn2sQ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 18, 2022
Although the slides and audio recordings of the training are not public, the board’s counsel confirmed that the content violates HB 1175.
“We did go through that audio with the training slides and that was what led our determination there was a violation of the statute,” said attorney Brad Clark, according to News on 6.
Board Member Estela Hernandez, who voted for the warning level but would have also supported a lower “probation” level for Tulsa Public Schools, agreed that the information on the slides clearly broke the law.
“In this instance, the evidence is clear and it’s showing a violation of 1775,” she said
“We need to send the message that the deliberate breaking of a law needs to be on probation but at this point, I can definitely stand with a warning and making sure that this doesn’t happen again,” Hernandez added.
The move made those that support gender confusion upset, to say the least. Watch this video of a woman in a pride shirt lose her mind over the disciplinary move by the board and personally attack the teacher who has a “prayer wall” in her classroom.
Here’s an explanation of why Tulsa Public Schools also had their accreditation downgraded: https://t.co/UOQ6VAS8mT
— Walker Milligan (@MilliganWalker) July 29, 2022
A second incident was considered by the board related to a lesson given to students on anti-bullying.
Tulsa Public Schools defended themselves in a statement and complained that the board did not spend time addressing the extreme teacher shortage.
“In Tulsa, we are teaching our children an accurate – and at times painful, difficult and uncomfortable – history about our shared human experience. We also teach in a beautifully diverse community and need our team to work together to be prepared to do that well,” the statement read. “To best do that and also to meet the state’s annual requirement that school districts offer a training about ‘race and ethnic education,’ we provided a training that included the topic of implicit bias. In this training, it is clear there is no statement or sentiment pronounced that people are racist–due to their race or any other factor. We would never support such a training.”
“It is notable that Governor Stitt’s state board of education spent significant time today talking about the complaints of one teacher in our district (among the hundreds of accreditation deficiencies statewide) and no time on the catastrophic teacher shortage facing every district in our state,” Tulsa Public School administrators wrote.
Responses by Tulsa Public Schools and Mustang Public Schools to today’s punishment by the state school board. pic.twitter.com/91X3EqaTUD
— Dylan Goforth (@DGoforth918) July 28, 2022
Mustang Superintendent Charles Bradley said in a statement that the district was surprised by the board’s action.
“We were shocked to learn of this action,” Bradley said in a statement. “We acted expediently to resolve the complaint to the complainant’s satisfaction and yet no consideration was given by the State Board to our response to this event.”
The accreditation status will last for one year.
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