Oklahoma has only received two unsubstantiated allegations of violations of the Critical Race Theory Prohibition Act

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Last fall, the Oklahoma State Department of Education filed a pair of allegations that schools violated the state’s so-called critical race theory ban.

The two unsubstantiated allegations accused the schools of breaking rules created by the House Bill 1775.

The allegations first reported by Oklahoma last month are described in a pair of documents obtained by StateImpact via a document request.

The names and schools where the complaints were filed are redacted, but ultimately both were without merit, the department determined.

The first was a geography quiz that interested a parent and contained questions about what students thought about topics such as critical race theory, same-sex marriage and the execution of “Afghan terrorists”.

State officials have ruled that the quiz — from a website that asks users for their opinions on topics to determine their political leanings — did not violate the law.

The second complaint accused a school board of failing to adopt rules related to HB 1775. The state determined that it was not necessary.

Critics of the CRT ban said the complaints process was never the point. The ACLU is suing Oklahoma for HB 1775, saying the law is unconstitutional and has had a chilling effect on free speech in the classroom.

HB 1775 and the rules adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Education in July — then later reconfirmed due to clerical error — do not specifically mention critical race theory. Instead, they prohibit teaching any of the following:

  • One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.
  • An individual, because of their race or gender, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, consciously or unconsciously.
  • An individual should be discriminated against or adversely treated solely or in part because of their race or gender.
  • Members of one race or gender cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect for their race or gender.
  • The moral character of an individual is necessarily determined by his race or sex.
  • An individual, because of his race or sex, bears responsibility for acts committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.
  • Every individual should experience discomfort, guilt, anguish, or some other form of psychological distress because of their race or gender.
  • 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.

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