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Oklahoma's top education official wants to strip a former teacher of her credentials after she tried to give students access to books that may be banned in schools under a new state law.

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...In a letter he tweeted on Wednesday, Oklahoma Secretary of Education Ryan Walters called on the state board of education to revoke the teaching certificate of Summer Boismier, a former teacher at Norman High School.

Days earlier, Boismier resigned her position at the school following a complaint from a parent who suggested that Boismier had made political comments in the classroom.

According to the Norman Transcript, Boismier put paper over her classroom bookshelves with the message, "Books the state doesn't want you to read," in response to HB 1775, a state law enacted in May that restricts what public school educators can say about race and gender.

Boismier also posted a QR code that directed students to the Brooklyn Public Library's Books Unbanned project, which gives young people across the country access to books that may be outlawed in their schools.

Republican-led states like Oklahoma are increasingly banning specific books or attempting to limit the discussion of topics such as race and sexuality in schools.

Boismier declined NPR's request for comment about Walters' call to revoke her teaching certificate.

She previously told Gothamist that posting the QR code for her 10th-grade students was an effort to allow them to read materials that were restricted by the state.

"I saw this as an opportunity for my kids who were seeing their stories hidden to skirt that directive," she said. "Nowhere in my directives did it say we can't put a QR code on a wall."...

But Walters, in his letter, suggested that Boismier gave students access to "banned and pornographic" material -- without giving specifics -- and cited that as justification to revoke her teaching certificate. "There is no place for a teacher with a liberal political agenda in the classroom," he said, adding that officials must "ensure she doesn't go to another district and do the same thing."

Walters did not reply to NPR's request for an interview....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-03 01:24 PM | Reply

Another view...

Former Norman High teacher receives hundreds of vulgar messages and death threats after a Sec. of Education tweet
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...Just over a week after a former Norman High School English teacher resigned for HB 1775 violation claims, she is now receiving vulgar messages and death threats.

"These teachers need to be taken out and shot," "teachers like this should not only be fired but also should be swinging from a tree," "If Summer tried this in Afghanistan, they'd cut out her tongue for starters," are just a minuscule fraction of the threats pouring into Summer Boismier's inbox.

A parent, Laney Dickinson filed a complaint with Norman Public Schools about Norman High English teacher, Summer Boismier giving a scannable QR code for a Brooklyn library.

That Brooklyn library giving access to books that have been banned in school districts. Those books are also available in most public libraries....


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-03 01:25 PM | Reply

Idiot "c-c-conservatives" using power of government to punish a teacher for being open minded.

But don't dare call them deplorable or fascist. Nope. That's insulting.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2022-09-03 03:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Education in red states continues the downward spiral. But then that's the point.

#4 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-09-03 03:45 PM | Reply

It always amazes me that the same people that object to students actually thinking also complain the loudest about having to hire foreigners to do the work requiring those skills.

#5 | Posted by morris at 2022-09-03 06:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah, don't teach kids anything about sex. Guess the high school AG teacher will have to skip the animal husbandry section. And the biology teacher will have to ignore the part about pollen and flowers.

When I was a little kid my grandmother explained to me that without a rooster the eggs wouldn't hatch and a couple of years later my dad told me the cow was bellowing because she needed a bull. We didn't have a bull so she got a visit from the vet who fixed her up.

Stop electing city slicker sissies to office.

#6 | Posted by TenMile at 2022-09-03 07:40 PM | Reply

Why do Republicans seem to be so afraid of children having access to books in a public library?

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-03 08:07 PM | Reply

Tenmile, What year is it where you live? City slicker? Really?

BTW, we know about farm animals. We have them in our zoos.

#8 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-09-04 04:53 AM | Reply

The idea of banning books in high schools when students are carrying around devices that give them access to the internet is bizarre. Firing a teacher for pointing out that they have access to the banned books is draconian.

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-09-04 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The view on the ground here in Okiehomie: the state's ability to provide public education may be on a knife's edge. In recent years the state has been forced to issue thousands of 'emergency teaching certificates' because of lousy teacher pay, lousy funding for public education and a general lack of respect for teachers and public schools. The situation with this teacher pushes the matter further toward a cliff.

National companies with operations in this state already have a hard time getting employees with school-aged children to move here. Those employees (e.g., for Boeing, one of the largest employers in the largest non-oil or non-military sectors of the state economy) will not come here because they are afraid their children will not receive an education that will allow them to go to respectable colleges. Chasing away teachers and making threats like what have been put forth have a chilling effect on those who might consider become teachers.

Why suffer through bad pay, substandard working conditions, a lack of respect and threats from your employer when Target is looking for full-time employees? That's what is being asked here, right now, today...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2022-09-04 02:37 PM | Reply

This is up to Oklahoma. The teacher should have known that. If she disagree's with what Oklahoma does, she needs to teach in another state.

#11 | Posted by boaz at 2022-09-05 01:14 PM | Reply

#10 - I've been saying this for awhile. The GQP's assault on education will continue the slide of the Red States in every category, health, education, employment, etc. The red states are already the welfare states, they will become even poorer. Red state kids will be incapable of passing college entrance exams at quality institutions. Big employers, other than the major polluters will refuse to move operations to red states because they will have an impossible time getting qualified employees with kids. Medical professionals will also refuse to move to the red states, causing a further erosion of health care and closure of most/all the rural hospitals. So red states like OK will become the places where we we send our trash, our prisoners and store our nuclear waste, because they aren't good for anything else.

#12 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2022-09-05 04:28 PM | Reply

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