Education secretary faces new criticism, this time from school superintendents – KOCO Oklahoma City

“CRT, CRT. Hey, Ryan, you’re acting paranoid, buddy.”That’s El Reno Superintendent Craig McVay, calling out state Education Secretary Ryan Walters. >> Related coverage: Oklahoma secretary of education running for state superintendentMcVay said Walters should resign and drop out of the race for state superintendent of public instruction.McVay told KOCO 5 that he stands by his comments, which came a day after Walters sent a letter to textbook publishers, warning them to keep critical race theory out of Oklahoma textbooks. >> See also: Oklahoma Democrats demand governor ask for education secretary’s resignationMcVay said the state’s textbooks don’t currently include critical race theory, or CRT. Walters didn’t say anything about current textbooks but said there is a national push to include CRT teachings, and he’s fighting to keep it out. “What I hear from parents and teachers across the state is we want the best education for our kids. Liberal indoctrination has no place in our schools. The woke mentality has no place in our schools. What I want to know when my kids go to school, do they know math? Do they know the history of this country?” Walters told KOCO 5.McVay countered: “Those are just points to get four-plus Republican voters to the primary. He has become a political hack, and not a voice or resource for teachers or kids or schools.”>> Related coverage: Oklahoma education secretary urges Stillwater Public Schools to change restroom policyWalters is running for state superintendent. Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed him to his current position. Earlier this week Stitt brushed aside calls from Democrats for Walters’ resignation over his role in a voucher program that allowed parents to spend school supply money on things like TVs and PlayStations.Stitt said Walters is doing a great job.

“CRT, CRT. Hey, Ryan, you’re acting paranoid, buddy.”

That’s El Reno Superintendent Craig McVay, calling out state Education Secretary Ryan Walters.

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>> Related coverage: Oklahoma secretary of education running for state superintendent

McVay said Walters should resign and drop out of the race for state superintendent of public instruction.

McVay told KOCO 5 that he stands by his comments, which came a day after Walters sent a letter to textbook publishers, warning them to keep critical race theory out of Oklahoma textbooks.

>> See also: Oklahoma Democrats demand governor ask for education secretary’s resignation

McVay said the state’s textbooks don’t currently include critical race theory, or CRT. Walters didn’t say anything about current textbooks but said there is a national push to include CRT teachings, and he’s fighting to keep it out.

“What I hear from parents and teachers across the state is we want the best education for our kids. Liberal indoctrination has no place in our schools. The woke mentality has no place in our schools. What I want to know when my kids go to school, do they know math? Do they know the history of this country?” Walters told KOCO 5.

McVay countered: “Those are just points to get four-plus Republican voters to the primary. He has become a political hack, and not a voice or resource for teachers or kids or schools.”

>> Related coverage: Oklahoma education secretary urges Stillwater Public Schools to change restroom policy

Walters is running for state superintendent. Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed him to his current position.

Earlier this week Stitt brushed aside calls from Democrats for Walters’ resignation over his role in a voucher program that allowed parents to spend school supply money on things like TVs and PlayStations.

Stitt said Walters is doing a great job.

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