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.

Even though a vote affecting 1 of Oklahoma’s most controversial new rules passed devoid of discussion, rigidity crackled among the state’s top faculty board Thursday around health and bodily education and learning benchmarks. 

The Oklahoma State Board of Education unanimously accredited long term rules to implement a grievance approach and school advice for House Invoice 1775. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the monthly bill into regulation in Could to prohibit selected topics on race and gender from public-college school rooms.

Teachers discovered in violation of HB 1775 could have their license suspended or revoked. A college district in noncompliance could endure a demotion in its accreditation position. 

The state board received 7,800 web pages of general public comment on the hotly debated invoice, but associates handed the long term regulations without having thoughts or discussion. The rules will go on on to the point out Legislature for acceptance.