Education department says permanent rules coming ‘soon’ on teaching race, gender in OK public schools – Tulsa World

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Education department says permanent rules coming 'soon' on teaching race, gender in OK public schools

In this screenshot from official livestream video, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister sits at the head of the table during an Oklahoma State Board of Education meeting in July 2021.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education says it is not dragging its feet when it comes to adopting permanent rules for public schools based on a controversial new law intended to limit instruction on race, gender and history.Nineteen Republican state House members and nine Republican state senators wrote State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and issued a press release earlier this month saying that it was “past time” the state agency she runs begins the rulemaking process to replace emergency rules put in place in July.“Given that we are now halfway through the 2021-22 school year, the members signed below believe it is past time for the permanent rules to be published for the 30-day public comment period, as required by the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act,” the lawmakers’ letter states.“Given the importance of these rules, members of the Oklahoma legislature will be closely monitoring both the substantive changes the State Department of Education makes to existing emergency rules and the process the Department utilizes to submit permanent rules to the legislature for final approval.”Asked about the letter, a spokeswoman for the Education department told the Tulsa World that Feb. 15 is the deadline for state agencies to publish their Notice of Rulemaking Intent in order to give enough time to complete a minimum 30-day public comment period, hold a public hearing, adopt the rules and submit them to the Legislature and governor via the online filing system by April 1.“Our intent is and has always been to publish in December or January,” said the spokeswoman, Carrie Burkhart.In a written statement to the World, Hofmeister reiterated her commitment to follow through on the adoption of permanent rules.“First and foremost, I am opposed to critical race theory in schools and the adoption of any radical political agenda as part of K-12 curriculum,” she said. “As for the HB 1775 rules, the Oklahoma State Department of Education plans to follow the rulemaking process, as we always have. This process begins soon, and it will include the very important step of allowing public comment. In the meantime, the emergency rules, which have been approved by the State Board of Education and the governor, will stand.”House Bill 1775 prohibits teaching that one race or sex is inherently superior to another and that anyone, by virtue of their race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.It was co-authored by Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, and Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, who both signed November’s letter to the state Department of Education.As for consequences for a school’s failure to comply with HB 1775, the emergency rules already adopted state that “at a minimum” the state accreditation status of the school be downgraded to “Accredited with Deficiency” and that the school be given one academic year to correct such deficiencies.Also, the state Department of Education could suspend the license or certificate of any school employee found to have violated HB 1775 or the adopted rules.HB 1775 is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed last month.Featured video:

House Bill 1775 prohibits teaching that one race or sex is inherently superior to another and that anyone, by virtue of their race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.

Throwback Tulsa: 100th Bedlam football game was 16 years ago today

2005 Bedlam

OU RB Adrian Peterson is flipped airborne by OSU S Jamie Thompson (23) into Donovan Woods at their Bedlam game in Norman, OK, Nov. 26, 2005 Tulsa World File

2005 Bedlam

OSU RB Julius Crosslin scores the first of only two TDs as OU's Remi Ayodele (93) and D.J. Wolfe attempt to stop him at their Bedlam game in Norman, OK, Nov. 26, 2005 Tulsa World File

2005 Bedlam

OU DB Reggie Smith was called for pass interference on this play as OSU WR D'Juan Woods attempts the catch at their Bedlam game in Norman, OK, Nov. 26, 2005. Tulsa World File

2005 Bedlam

OSU QB Al Pena is sacked by OU's C.J. Ah You and Clint Ingram at their Bedlam game in Norman, OK, Nov. 26, 2005. Tulsa World File

2005 Bedlam

OU's James Moses breaks up the pass to OSU's Jamie Thompson at their Bedlam game in Norman, OK, Nov. 26, 2005. Tulsa World File

2005 Bedlam

Oklahoma's Allen Patrick (23) is hoisted in the air by teammates after he scores a touchdown on a first quarter run during Bedlam on Saturday November 26, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World

2005 Bedlam

Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball during OU's 42-14 victory over OSU on Saturday November 26, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Adrian gained over 200 yards on the day to go over the 1000 yard mark for the season. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World

BIG 12: ADRIAN PETERSON

Former OU running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 4,041 yards and 41 touchdowns in just 31 games as a Sooner.

JOEY JOHNSON, for the Tulsa World file

2005 Bedlam

OSU fan Louise Inda (LEFT) from Dewey, OK, and her friend, OU fan Lisa Medina from Bartlesville, OK, sit together before the start of the annual Bedlam football game this year in Norman, OK, Nov. 26, 2005. Tulsa World File

2005 Bedlam

OU QB Rhett Bomar is congratulated by OSU head coach Mike Gundy after OU defeated OSU at their Bedlam game in Norman, OK, Nov. 26, 2005 Tulsa World File

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In this screenshot from official livestream video, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister sits at the head of the table during an Oklahoma State Board of Education meeting in July 2021.

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