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Oklahoma’s top education officials want to disqualify a former teacher after trying to give students access to books that could be banned in schools under new state law.
of letter he tweeted on WednesdayOklahoma Secretary of Education Ryan Walters called on the state school board to revoke the teaching license of former Norman High School teacher Summer Boysmere.
A few days ago, Boismier resigned from his position at school after complaints from parents suggesting that Boismier made political statements in the classroom.
according to norman transcriptIn response to HB 1775, a state law that restricts public school educators’ ability to speak out about race and gender, Boimier put up papers on classroom bookshelves with the message, “The books the state doesn’t want you to read.” I was.
Boismier also posted a QR code that directs students to the Brooklyn Public Library’s Books Unbanned project.
Republican-led states like Oklahoma are increasingly trying to ban certain books or limit discussion of topics like race and sexuality in schools.
Boismier declined NPR’s request for comment on Walters’ request to have her teaching license revoked.
She previously told Gothamist that posting QR codes to 10th grade students was an effort to help students read materials restricted by the state.
“I saw this as an opportunity to circumvent that instruction when I saw our story hidden,” she said. There was not.”
Wes Moody, a spokesperson for Norman Public Schools, said the issue did not revolve around the QR codes Boismier displayed in classrooms, but declined to specify what the problem was. A statement from the school district claimed that Boismier made “personal political statements” and held “political displays” in the classroom.
Walters, however, suggested in the letter that Boimier had given students access to “prohibited pornographic” material, but did not give specifics. A teacher has no place in the classroom,” he said, adding that authorities “need to make sure she doesn’t go to another district and do the same thing.”
Walters did not respond to NPR’s request for an interview.
Rob Crissinger, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Education, told NPR that the department does not currently plan to submit an application to revoke Boazmier’s teaching credentials.
“We have a process in place and we understand that Norman is looking at this issue at the local level at this time,” Christinger said. We will proceed, but there is no reason to speculate regarding Norman Public Schools until the local review is complete.”
Moody said the Norman High School students never had access to pornographic material, adding that the school district had no response to Walters’ letter.
In a statement about Boismier’s resignation, the school district said several colleagues shared her concerns about HB 1775. “But as always, we want our classrooms to be places where all students are welcome.”
According to NPR affiliate KOSU, if Boismier were to receive any disciplinary action from the state board of education, she would be the first teacher to violate HB 1775.
Linda E. Johnson, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library, said in a statement to NPR that the library continues to support Boyzmier.
“The democratic principles on which both our country and public libraries are founded include the right of every individual to seek information from all perspectives,” Johnson said. , Summer Boismier and all those who defend free expression, intellectual freedom and the right to read.”