2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-11-103.6b. Social studies curriculum and textbooks to reflect American diversity.

A. The State Board of Education shall adopt a social studies core curriculum with courses of instruction for all students enrolled in the public schools that reflect the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity of the United States of America. The United States history and Oklahoma history components required in the social studies curriculum for all students shall include, but not be limited to, African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans. The United States history component required in the social studies curriculum for all students shall include information about Juneteenth commemorating emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

B. The State Textbook Committee, when adopting textbooks, shall incorporate the provisions of subsection A of this section into the criteria used to evaluate United States history and Oklahoma history textbooks. Any United States history or Oklahoma history textbook on the state adopted textbook list shall conform to the purposes of this section. The State Textbook Committee shall ensure that all social studies textbooks and supplementary materials selected to be purchased with state funds for use in Oklahoma classrooms reflect the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity of the United States.

C. It is the intent of the Legislature that a portion of the state funds appropriated for professional development in local school districts be used for workshops, seminars, guest lecturers, and other methods which further the purposes of this section.

D. As used in this section, "curriculum" means the subject matter standards adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 11-103.6 of this title. School districts shall exclusively determine instruction, specific course curricula, reading lists and instructional materials pursuant to subsection F of Section 11-103.6a of this title.

Added by Laws 1999, c. 294, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2018, c. 257, § 1, eff. July 1, 2018.

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