“After seeing the support for Oklahoma’s Black community during the centennial commemoration of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I felt some hope that we might be progressing as a state toward true equity,” said Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa.
“We cannot move forward until we better understand the past,” he said. “This rule change is not only unnecessary but also dangerous. The children in our schools represent the state that we as adults are leaving behind. We should empower Oklahoma students to not repeat the atrocities that exist in history books … but to end them. We start that process by teaching them why those atrocities exist. This rule hampers an educator’s ability to do that.”
The state board of education says the new rules do not countermand state teaching standards, which include instruction on race and racism.
Tulsa Public Schools said the new rules will not change its curriculum.
Scholarship winners: Sydney Bush of Bixby High School and Megan Merrill of Booker T. Washington are this year’s winners of Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County scholarships.
Bottom lines: Sarah Green was named executive director of the Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System, Oklahoma’s largest public pension system. … Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairwoman Alicia Andrews tsk-tsked state Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, for his requested “audit” of Oklahoma County’s election results, saying, “I implore the Republicans in the Oklahoma legislature to cease with the proliferation of the Big Lie. If these lawmakers had any integrity at all, cared at all for the people they are elected to serve, they would stop pandering to a Florida retiree (former President Donald Trump) and focus on fixing what is wrong in Oklahoma.” … Stitt will resume cabinet meetings across the state with one Thursday in Altus. … Woodward attorney Bartlett Bouse was appointed to the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs by House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka.
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