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Tulsa Public Schools says current curriculum is fine under HB 1775

Tulsa Public Schools
Posted at 2:33 PM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-19 15:32:31-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools told 2 News current curriculum is fine under HB 1775

READ MORE: Gov. Stitt signs bill limiting race, gender curriculums in Oklahoma schools

Critics of the bill believe it prevents teachers from teaching elements of the Tulsa Race Massacre. 2 News reached out to Tulsa Public Schools and officials said curriculum in the district does not need any changes due to the new law.

The centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre is an important moment for our city to reflect on the past and think critically about the present. Our team has come together to ensure that our students are engaging with hard history in ways that are developmentally appropriate, culturally sustaining, and provide a fair and accurate portrayal of the rich history and legacy of Greenwood as well as the events of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

We have analyzed H.B. 1775 to understand what - if any - implications the legislation could have on teaching and learning in our district. We want you to know that our lessons do not need any changes. Our curriculum was designed intentionally to celebrate the diversity of our students. We are teaching our children history about our shared human experience. This is history that is painful, but our approach is firmly grounded in the belief that one human being is not “worth” more than another. Neither our approach nor our plans for teaching hard history will change, and we will continue to support our school teams as they engage with students over the coming weeks.
Tulsa Public Schools

Various organizations asked for Governor Stitt's resignation as an honorable commissioner of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission after he signed the bill into law last week. The commission sent a letter directly to the governor's office.

READ MORE: Greenwood Arts & Cultural Society, INC. calls for Gov. Stitt to resign from Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission

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