Oklahoma State Superintendent Wants to Know What Public Universities are Spending on DEI
“requested DEI spending from the past 10 years and any DEI-related program materials”
It looks like Oklahoma is taking a page out of the Ron DeSantis playbook here.
Campus Reform reports:
Oklahoma official demands to know ‘every dollar’ public universities spend on DEI
Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters recently demanded to know “every dollar” spent on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at state universities.
In a letter obtained by Tulsa World, Walters gave a February 1 deadline to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the body that oversees 25 colleges and universities in the state system.
Walters requested DEI spending from the past 10 years and any DEI-related program materials. “Additionally, I want an overview of your staffing and the colleges underneath your oversight as the Chancellor of Oklahoma Higher Regents within every DEI program or and [sic] expenditures,” he wrote.
Angela Caddell, the State Regents Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications, spoke to Campus Reform about responding to the letter by the February 1 deadline. “We are working with our state system colleges and universities to compile the information requested,” Caddell said.
Walters told KOCO News 5 that his request will help investigate the extent to which colleges and universities provide indoctrination, not education and workforce development.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Walters as Secretary of Public Education in 2020, and Oklahomans elected him as State Superintendent during the 2022 midterms, according to Tulsa World.
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An elected state superintendent (presumably of universities). Wish we had that in NY.
He is the State Superintendent of Public Instruction-> The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is responsible for overseeing, implementing and reviewing the policies of the Oklahoma’s public school system.
So, all public schools, including universities, rather than just public universities