Earlier this Summer in May Oklahoma Legislators passed House Bill (HB 1775) which bans the teaching or practice of "Critical Race Theory" in Oklahoma schools. The bill also has some specific elements that limit and/or prohibit universities and other places of higher learning from requiring students to take mandatory race and gender diversity counseling or training. Governor Kevin Stitt signed the new bill into law and it went into effect at the beginning of the month on (07-01-21). That left students, parents and educators across the state wondering just how HB-1775 will be applied and enforced starting with this upcoming school year.

The Oklahoma Board of Education met this week to discuss and approve new rules and guidelines on how HB 1775 will be implemented and enforced across the state. The board passed a set of emergency regulations and rules, click here to see the full list. There's been a ton of confusion and concern over HB 1775 and how it will affect students and teachers. So exactly what does it mean to ban "Critical Race Theory?"

The basics are that it's not permitted to teach or instruct any concept or ideology that in any way presents or suggests that a person's race, gender or sexuality is superior or inferior. That's the basics. Here's a quick look at the new rules and regulations passed by the school board:

General Prohibition. No teacher, administrator or other school employee shall require
or make part of any Course offered in a public school the following discriminatory principles:

(1) One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex,
(2) An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or
oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,
(3) An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely
or partly because of his or her race or sex,
(4) Members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without
respect to race or sex,
(5) An individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or
(6) An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions
committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex,
(7) Any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of
psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex, or
(8) Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist or were created
by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race.

Click here to read and review the full version of the new guidelines and regulations concerning "Critical Race Theory" in Oklahoma schools. Hopefully this will help clear up and answer any questions or concerns you may have about HB 1775. Hard to believe that Summer is coming to an end, school will be back in session before you know it. Enjoy what time you have left of your Summer break.

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