Oklahoma Sec of Education Thread

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Norman Superintendent: Teacher Who Posted QR Code In Class Committed ‘No Violations


Yet the Sec of Education... Ryan Walters has already falsely accused her of sexualizing her classroom....called to have her fired...and shared info that had her home address which has led to death threats and her having to LEAVE HER OWN HOME


NORMAN, Okla. - The superintendent of Norman Public Schools said in a statement Wednesday that Summer Boismier committed ‘no violation’ when she posted a QR code to the Books Unbanned page of the Brooklyn Public Library last month.
“We strive to do everything in our power to support, inform and protect our teachers and staff,” Dr. Nick Migliorino said, in part. “This entire incident has exploded well beyond the initial complaint.”

Boismier’s resignation on Aug. 23 made national news after she protested HB 1775, a 2021 state law that prohibits school staff from making students feel discomfort on account of their race or sex.

On Aug. 19, the first day of school at Norman High School, Boismier’s English students walked into her classroom to find bookshelves covered with paper and the QR code. The paper read, “books the state doesn’t want you to read.”
 

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It's sad that our population cannot support qualified people in local elections, so we get this total clown show for leadership. The only way these issues get resolved is to vote in better officials.

From the teachers I've spoken with, the problems in our education system start at the top; from the governor all the way down to the superintendents and even principals. The teachers are pretty much helpless. Teachers, parents, and kids all get screwed while these people make $100k+ up and down the admin line. It's garbage, and we need to fight it.
 

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Someone has to do something different. I am for educating children. If public schools can’t, then someone else should do it and public schools should be gone. If the department of education is willing to be fixed, then they can do it. To hell with talking points
 

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Someone has to do something different. I am for educating children. If public schools can’t, then someone else should do it and public schools should be gone. If the department of education is willing to be fixed, then they can do it. To hell with talking points
We won't fix education until we quit worrying about the adults and more about the students.
 

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This anecdotal, but it is reality. My mom teaches in a relatively poor school in a large Oklahoma district. She said the only apparent thing that the administration cares about is securing funding. Every single task, form, meeting, and training session is geared towards that end. As a result, she has no time to actually teach. She spends her time filling out paperwork, writing reports about students' progress (lol), and "preparing them" for testing, etc...

The admin has made it clear to them that their funding is directly tied to performance (both state and federal?), but they spend all their time on the paperwork part of proving that they are checking all the boxes.

She also said that they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on these training conferences that supposedly institute teaching "systems", and they are often out of state. It takes the teachers like 2-3 years to learn and implement the system, and by the time they figure it out, the schools send them to another conference to learn a new "system".

She also said they are way too focused on purchasing and installing the latest technology in classrooms, and that also eats up valuable resources, time, and training.

No wonder our education system sucks. The system isn't designed the educate. Its overtly designed to ensure cash flow. And the admins don't even try to hide that. In fact, in my mom's district, it is constantly used as a threat to teachers that they need to perform better or do more, because if they don't their school might get shut down. But the teachers just laugh at the notion, because what they're being asked to do is humanly impossible.

If they were allowed to just teach, then the kids would learn more and do better, but "just teaching" and making it about the kids doesn't secure funding, apparently.
 

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Walters was the guest on KFOR's Flashpoint on 10/2. While he came across as passionate, he did a generally poor job in supporting his points. He got confronted that his vouchers program would devastate Oklahoma public schools by closing many of them. Walters replied that Arizona has a similar voucher program that he wants and not one Arizona public school closed as a result. But with Arizona being one of the fastest growing states, that surely helps explain why. But much more concerning is the fact that at least two organizations have ranked Arizona schools as among the very worst in the country. Some Republicans from poorly ranked states may question the legitimacy of such rankings. But not Walters. He said he got in the race because Oklahoma is ranked 49th for education. But with Republicans in charge of Oklahoma since 2012, that doesn't look good for Republicans.

He gave a generally poor response to questioning his complaint about schools grooming kids. At least surely a lot of people could agree with him that books with pornographic images should not be in schools.

It will be interesting to see what his Democrat opponent has to say, if she appears on Flashpoint.
 

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Someone has to do something different. I am for educating children. If public schools can’t, then someone else should do it and public schools should be gone. If the department of education is willing to be fixed, then they can do it. To hell with talking points
I wonder if most private schools pay teachers more than public schools. If not, I wouldn't trust private schools to be better.

In some towns, such as Stillwater, many millions have been spent to replace old elementary schools with new ones. Stillwater next wants to start building a new high school. Along with other projects included the bond for it is supposed to be a whopping $195 million. Why blow those millions only to make it easier to send kids to private schools? But, yeah, something different needs to be done to make public schools better after putting millions in them.

Furthermore, I doubt most private and religious schools offer sports programs, so what is an athletic minded private school student supposed to do to participate in sports and get on teams? Does Walters want all public schools to be required to accept private school students into their sports programs? Or is that already being done?
 
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Walters is no doctor. If his kids are normal, he should concentrate on counting his blessings.

So transgender kids in Oklahoma who can't legally get treatment should just go ahead and attempt to kill themselves. If so, their parents better try to protect them by hiding the knives, guns and sleeping pills.

What does Gov. Stitt think about transgender kids pissed when they can't get any treatment for it? Just go to church and get prayed over their problem? If the concern is about protecting kids, will Republican legislators and the governor be concerned about what to do about trans kids threatening suicide? I doubt it.
 
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https://twitter.com/TheBWSTimes/status/1568962754999894018?t=iAY2gJMIoXxIptgy1rPz1g&s=09
New Story today announcing this teacher has packed up and moved to New York and accepted a full time job at the Brooklyn Public Library...which is the Library that sent the Tweet with the QR code she shared with her class.
 

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I wonder if most private schools pay teachers more than public schools. If not, I wouldn't trust private schools to be better.

In some towns, such as Stillwater, many millions have been spent to replace old elementary schools with new ones. Stillwater next wants to start building a new high school. Along with other projects included the bond for it is supposed to be a whopping $195 million. Why blow those millions only to make it easier to send kids to private schools? But, yeah, something different needs to be done to make public schools better after putting millions in them.

Furthermore, I doubt most private and religious schools offer sports programs, so what is an athletic minded private school student supposed to do to participate in sports and get on teams? Does Walters want all public schools to be required to accept private school students into their sports programs? Or is that already being done?


Plenty of private schools offer extracurriculars.