State board passes HB 1775 rules, rejects health education standards

State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister speaks during a March 16, 2020, meeting of the Oklahoma State Board of Education in Oklahoma City. Hofmeister refused to participate in a vote Thursday that would ignore a new update to the state academic standards for health and physical education.

While a vote influencing a single of Oklahoma’s most controversial new guidelines passed without discussion, tension crackled between the state’s top college board Thursday over health and bodily schooling requirements. 

The Oklahoma State Board of Education unanimously accepted permanent rules to put into practice a grievance course of action and university advice for Residence Monthly bill 1775. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the invoice into legislation in Could to prohibit sure topics on race and gender from public-university school rooms.

Lecturers identified in violation of HB 1775 could have their license suspended or revoked. A college district in noncompliance could go through a demotion in its accreditation position. 

The state board received 7,800 web pages of public comment on the hotly debated invoice, but users handed the long lasting policies devoid of queries or discussion. The policies will keep on on to the condition Legislature for approval.