Published On: Tue, Jul 13th, 2021

Oklahoma State Board of Education Adopts Emergency Rules Targeting Critical Race Theory

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The Oklahoma State Board of Education on Monday voted to approve emergency rules that would suspend the teaching licenses of teachers who promote discriminatory elements of critical race and gender theories. The board meeting was meant to provide specific and formal guidance that would help schools navigate the upcoming 2021–22 academic year, in the wake of a new law that bans the teaching that one race is superior to another, or that an individual is “inherently racist, sexist or oppressive” because of one’s race or sex. The new law, which was previously known as House Bill 1775, also prohibits K-12 educators in Oklahoma from teaching that an individual should experience guilt or distress because of their race or sex; that an individual’s moral character is determined by their race or sex; or that the concepts of meritocracy or hard work ethic were “created by members of a particular race to …

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