In an announcement published this week, State Superintendent of Education Ryan Walters said the “streamlining of services” to school districts will no longer include any affiliation with several education groups, such as the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center. Two other groups named in the press release include the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration.
Walters, a former high school teacher, won election last year on a platform of uncovering and eliminating left-wing indoctrination, such as race-based teachings and lewd library books, in red-state Oklahoma.
In the press release, Walters said those state-based groups work with leftist national groups and are therefore bringing left-wing views into Oklahoma’s public schools.
“For years, these groups have pushed an anti-parent, woke agenda,” Walters said in a statement. “They have actively attacked parents and they seek to keep kids in failed situations. That ends now.”
In an interview with AFN, Walters similarly warns the national groups are working with the Biden administration to impose their radical ideas on public education, which he says is hurting student test scores and harming parental rights.
“We have got to fight back as conservatives,” he insists.
Walters, who has gained national attention and criticism for his war on wokeness, hopes other states follow Oklahoma's example and severe ties with their own state education groups. Those groups in every state, he says, are where liberals are working to push the transgender agenda and to undermine the rights of parents they see as ideological enemies.
"This is a blueprint for what all states should be doing,” he says, “which is you have got to take these left-wing groups out by hitting them where it hurts: the money.”