- Jerry Bennett
“The first reaction should not be to shut schools down. It is the last resort. Parents are tired and children suffer when administrators act out of fear and not in the best interests of their kids and their future. I call on schools to use all of their available resources and administrative staff to cover classes to ensure all of our students are given an in person education option. They should fulfill their obligation to educate our kids in Oklahoma,” Ryan Walters, state education secretary, wrote on Twitter.
That went over about as well as you’d expect.
“It’s insulting that you think this is any district’s “first reaction.” We’ve been pulling all available staff to cover classes. The fact that #oklaed schools and districts have maintained instruction as long as we have shows your complete lack of situational understanding,” Mid-Del Public Schools Superintendent Rick Cobb fired back.
Two days later, Walters was the center of his very own photo opp at Santa Fe South Charter School after the superintendent (and, surely by pure coincidence, a campaign donor) gave him a call. What a swell bit of damage control.
To add insult to insult, Kevin immediately authorized … well … pretty much anyone to be a substitute teacher, so Moore police told Walters to hold their beers and uploaded pics to Facebook of armed and unmasked police officers in public schools there. The comments section there was also likely not what they had in mind.
Republicans once again have said the quiet part out loud. They have no interest in quality education, but instead they want your kids in school seats so your asses can be in your office chairs drumming up tax revenue.