A Bible-based elective slated to begin next fall at Mustang High School is now concerned about how the course was approved.
Private meetings between school board members and Hobby Lobby may have violated state laws. The issue here is transparency and whether the Mustang School District intentionally met privately in an effort to keep the public in the dark about a new Bible-based curriculum.
“There’s no justification for doing this in secret,” said Joey Senat, Assoc. Professor at OSU’s School of Media and Strategic Communications.
The Senate calls the boards of directors for alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act “scandalous behavior by elected officials.”
“Are they ashamed of what they were discussing? Are they ashamed of what they were doing? asked the Senate. “I don’t know. It’s not a good government.”
“No one had heard of it until it was officially a class,” Al Decker said at Mustang High School.
According to emails obtained by The Associated Press, three of the district’s five board members split into small groups in April and met privately with Hobby Lobby President Steve Green at a location outside the district. school.
“They probably should have voted or something publicly about it instead of being behind closed doors,” Mustang parent Troy Bradstreet said.
Mustang School Superintendent Sean McDaniel released the following statement:
“We are extremely disappointed with the Associated Press article regarding the optional Bible curriculum for MHS. The article is a gross misrepresentation of the facts. We continue to work with the developers of the curriculum to ensure the final product is acceptable. for this district. The Associated Press has suggested that we have violated the Open Meetings Act. Any notion of this is completely and categorically false.
We are excited about the opportunity to add a wonderful option to MHS and are very concerned about the thoughts of our customers. Our parents are encouraged to call or drop in to review the program or discuss other courses offered at MHS.”
“I think we’re taking way too much Christianity out of the schools now, and I think we need more of it in the schools,” Bradstreet said.
“I think it should be more generalized. All religions, not just Christianity,” Decker said.
A possible violation of the open meeting law caught the attention of the Oklahoma County prosecutor. DA David Prater says at this point there have been no complaints and there is no ongoing investigation.
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