Oklahoma State Department of Education Reopens Investigation Into Western Heights
Oklahoma State Department Of Education Reopens Investigation Into Western Heights
The Oklahoma State Superintendent, Ryan Walters, has announced the reopening of an investigation into the accreditation status of Western Heights Public Schools. The investigation is prompted by concerns over the district’s hiring practices and the alleged use of taxpayer money on drag queens. Additionally, Dr. Shane Murnan’s teaching certificate is being reviewed, potentially resulting in his dismissal due to an act of moral turpitude. The district denies any misuse of taxpayer funds and claims to adhere to proper hiring procedures.
Concerns Over Hiring Practices and Use of Taxpayer Money
The investigation into Western Heights Public Schools’ accreditation status focuses on two main concerns. Firstly, there are concerns over the district’s hiring practices, particularly regarding the appointment of a drag queen to a leadership position within the school. State Superintendent Walters argues that this sends an unacceptable message and questions the school board’s failure to act in accordance with the law.
Secondly, the investigation examines the alleged use of taxpayer money on drag queens. The district denies these allegations, asserting that all expenditures comply with the law and the regulations set forth by the State Department of Education. They emphasize their dedication to the safety, security, and academic excellence of their students.
Review of Dr. Shane Murnan’s Teaching Certificate
In addition to the investigation into the district’s accreditation status, the Oklahoma State Department of Education is reviewing Dr. Shane Murnan’s teaching certificate. This review could potentially lead to his dismissal from Western Heights Public Schools due to the commission of an act of moral turpitude. The district, however, highlights that Dr. Murnan underwent a felony criminal background check and his teaching certificate was renewed and signed by State Superintendent Ryan Walters in April 2023.
In the grand scheme of things, the reopening of the investigation into Western Heights Public Schools’ accreditation status raises concerns over the district’s hiring practices and the use of taxpayer money. The review of Dr. Shane Murnan’s teaching certificate adds another layer to the investigation. The district denies any wrongdoing and emphasizes their commitment to the well-being and academic success of their students.