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State Board Of Education Upholds Mustang Public Schools Violation

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted in favor of maintaining Mustang Public Schools’ lowered accreditation status.

The vote was made during a Thursday meeting. Five of seven board members were present for the vote, which included State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

Hofmeister and fellow board member Carlisha Williams Bradley voted in favor of reconsidering MPS’ status. Three board members — Brian Bobek, Sarah Lepak and Trent Smith — voted against the measure.

The district had its accreditation status lowered to “accreditation with warning” by the board after a Jan. 2022 complaint alleged Mustang Public Schools violated House Bill 1775. The bill, which regulates the discussion of race and gender in school, was passed in 2021 and went into effect in 2022.

Related: Mustang Public Schools Sends Appeal Letter To State Board Of Education Following Accreditation Downgrade

Mustang Public Schools released a statement Thursday afternoon following the board’s vote.

“…we are extremely disappointed in the decision made today by the State Board of Education on that agenda item. We simply do not understand why a prior decision made in haste without context or facts would not be reconsidered,” Bradley said in part. “We are concerned with the message that this sends regarding due process. At the July meeting of this Board, thirty (30) minutes was afforded to the discussion of facts and issues surrounding another school in this situation, yet only seven (7) minutes was allowed for discussion of Mustang in which time it was made abundantly clear that the facts surrounding our complaint were unknown, and evidently irrelevant.”

News 9’s Haley Weger will have more on the story tonight on News 9 at 5 p.m.

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