Oklahoma teacher removed for sharing NYC library’s banned books site

Because this internet is like where the wind blows on the plain, especially in the public school district of Norman, Oklahoma.


NPS, like many districts, also requires teachers to review their classroom libraries and remove any titles that do not have 2 research articles demonstrating their value. Teachers had almost no time to accomplish this, so students returned to class with empty shelves.

This all comes as staff members tell me they are still reeling from a teacher being fired over the summer. They tell me the district is “extremely retaliatory.” @OKCFOX will follow up with district officials as soon as possible.

I’m told it was the sharing of this resource that sparked a recent action against Norman High’s English teacher: Brooklyn Public Library is giving any American teenager unlimited digital + audio access to banned + contested books . Called Non-Forbidden Books. @OKCFOX

🚨UPDATE 🧵 I just spoke with the English teacher at Norman High. She confirms that she shared the QR code of the library. “Immediately after being removed from my position and put on leave. Teachers throughout the district have been informed by the administration…”
(Continued below 👇) @OKCFOX

“to remove or restrict student access to classroom library texts for fear of possible downgrading of accreditation associated with any perceived violation of HB 1775.…” (continued 👇)

The teacher, who has now stripped her of a Norman High classroom, ended her comments: “Let me be absolutely clear: I place primary responsibility for this chilling of free speech and free association at the feet of Ryan Walters, Governor Stitt and the like. at 23rd and Lincoln.

NEW🌟 Many of you have asked us how best to support this teacher. I spoke with her again. Here’s what I know – she has NOT been in contact with @ACLUOK. She IS a member of a teachers’ association, which means she has access to a legal representative. She is meeting NPS today.

In the meantime, she asks anyone who wants to help to donate to @ACLUOK as they are among those leading the fight against HB 1775, Oklahoma’s “anti-CRT law.”

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In July, public schools in Mustang and Tulsa were disciplined for violating HB 1775.

Ryan Walters supported the State School Board’s decision to downgrade the accreditation of both districts.

“They were pushing an ideology rather than Oklahoma academic standards,” Walters said. “It was about telling students to feel a certain way and asking teachers to tell students to feel a certain way.”