Two Legislators — Sen. Rosino and Rep. Hill — comment on Board of Education’s actions against Mustang Schools

Senator Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Representative Brian Hill, R-Mustang, released the following statements Friday (August 26) regarding the Oklahoma State Board of Education’s refusal to reexamine the accreditation status of Mustang Public Schools that were previously penalized over allegations that they violated House Bill 1775, limiting classroom discussion on race and gender.

“I’m extremely disappointed in the State Board of Education’s refusal to revisit Mustang’s accreditation status. This is one of the finest school systems in our state and the board’s lack of proper consideration and discussion of this issue Thursday is inexcusable. I commend Mustang Superintendent Charles Bradley and High School principal Kathy Knowles for their continued leadership and for the tremendous support from all of the other administrators, teachers, and parents.” – Sen. Paul Rosino

“I believe Thursday’s decision against Mustang Public Schools to be deeply flawed on the part of the Oklahoma State Board of Education. I want to thank Superintendent Bradly for his statements Thursday in response to their misinterpretation of House Bill 1775. Their verdict was reached absent of due process and dismissed detailed facts of the situation. Regardless of the implications of this ruling, I know that our Mustang Public School teachers, administrators, coaches and support staff are among the best in the state, and I thank them for all their work to educate our students. I’m looking into filing legislation to ensure Oklahoma’s schools and citizens have protections of their rights to due process, even from unelected boards.” – Rep. Brian Hill