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Hofmeister School Transgender Bathroom Policies Mandatory

A spokesperson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says Oklahoma public schools must allow students to use the bathroom of their choice, based on the student’s self-professed gender identity, and cannot restrict bathroom access based on biological gender. Carrie Burkhart, executive director of communications for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, said the…Read More

Oklahoma Department of Education Touts CRT

The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s website includes or directs teachers to materials that tout themes common to Critical Race Theory (CRT), a Marxist-derived theory that views issues through a lens of racial privilege and often divides groups along racial lines as either privileged or oppressed. While those materials are not explicitly labeled as CRT,…Read More

Oklahoma student achievement plummets amidst school shutdown

Academic achievement in Oklahoma public schools plunged during the COVID shutdowns that began in spring 2020 and continued in many districts throughout much of the following school year, based on the newly released results of state academic testing presented to the State Board of Education. Fewer than one in four Oklahoma students performed at grade…Read More

After long delay, Christian school’s application approved

After months of delay, the State Board of Education has quietly approved Christian Heritage Academy’s application to serve children who are beneficiaries of a state scholarship program. The approval was part of a consent docket voted on by board members at the group’s regular December meeting and came after an opinion by Oklahoma Attorney General…Read More

State board of education on shaky legal ground

One of the bright spots in Oklahoma’s education system is the Lindsey Nicole Henry (LNH) Scholarship program, which provides private-school vouchers to children with disabilities, children in the foster care system, and children adopted out of state custody. Named after former-Governor Brad Henry’s daughter, the program has more than 1,000 students and 62 schools participating.…Read More

State Education Department under fire for ‘hiding memo’ warning of illegal activity

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has stripped its website of a memo issued by the state attorney general, which warns that the agency has acted illegally in its administration of a state program for children with special needs. An OSDE spokesperson said the document is shielded from public view by attorney-client privilege. The…Read More

Hofmeister proposes distance learning to keep school buildings closed

Oklahoma public schools could remain closed for the rest of the school year, as all learning would take place at a distance to protect from the coronavirus pandemic. State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced Monday she would recommend a Continuous Learning Plan for public schools to finish the school year without in-person instruction. Extracurricular activities…Read More