Federal judge says drag not protected by First Amendment

Other judges say it is. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled on Sept. 21 that West Texas A&M University, a public university in Canyon, Texas, can constitutionally ban on-campus drag performances, at least for now. Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee best known for attempting to revoke the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of medication abortion, described […]

Woman files complaint regarding Oklahoma’s abortion bans

The state is accused of violating federal law. Jaci Statton and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an administrative complaint on Sept. 19 against the University of Oklahoma Medical Center and Oklahoma Children’s Hospital for failing to provide her with a life-saving abortion earlier this year. Her complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Health […]

Oklahoma State Department of Education partners with PragerU

PragerU characterizes its own materials as indoctrination. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters announced on Sept. 5 that the Oklahoma State Department of Education has partnered with PragerU Kids to “ensure high-quality materials rich in American history and values will be available to our teachers and students.” PragerU, a conservative media organization and not […]

Former teacher and employee sue State Superintendent Ryan Walters

Walters now named defendant in seven lawsuits. A former Norman Public Schools teach- er and a former Oklahoma State Depart- ment of Education employee have sued State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters, alleging defamation and wrongful and retaliatory termination. On Aug. 30, Summer Boismier, a for- mer high school English teacher at Nor- man […]

Deborah Gist resigns as Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools

For now, State accredits TPS with deficiencies. On Aug. 22, Dr. Deborah Gist, who has served as superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools since 2015, announced her intent to resign “in order to keep control of our schools where it belongs — in Tulsa with our elected Board of Education.” Senior Director of Student Engagement Dr. […]

Oklahoma undermines marriage equality

Don’t be surprised when Obergefell v. Hodges is next to fall. When the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) last summer, it offered two primary justifications for its decision to revoke the 50-year-old right to abortion. In his majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization […]