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Okla. downgrades school district over complaint it shamed White people

The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted to downgrade Tulsa Public Schools to “accredited with warning’s status. The board also demoted Mustang Public Schools near Oklahoma City to ‘accredited’ after it self-reported that a teacher violated House Bill 1775 by using an exercise that made students uncomfortable on account of their race or sex. The law restricts discussions of race and sex in public schools, which is widely seen as targeting critical race theory. The American Civil Liberties Union sued Oklahoma over the law in October, alleging it violates students’ and teachers’ First and 14th amendment rights. The district denied that the training stated that people of a certain race were inherently racist, but the system defended the need for implicit bias training.

State Department of Education found Tulsa Public Schools in violation of state law. Board members voted to downgrade Mustang Public Schools two levels to “accredited with warning” Board member Carlisha Williams Bradley said implicit bias “does not equate to inherent racism” She said the decision was an “obvious attack” on the Tulsa district, which she noted is a majority-minority district. Board member Estela Hernandez accused the district of deliberately flouting the law and argued that the extra level of demotion was necessary to ‘send a message” The board’s vote came less than a month after Stitt called for a “special audit” of Tulsa district over its use of funds.