Attend the OSDE Meeting on March 23rd!

Last Friday, many OKHPR members attended two Oklahoma State Department of Education meetings to discuss rule changes pertaining to parental rights and removing pornographic material from school libraries. One rule being considered could downgrade a school’s accreditation if oversexualized content and pornographic material is made available to minors in school libraries. Another rule strengthens the role of caregivers to be fully informed about their child’s education. And it would require schools to inform parents if their child identifies a certain way.

Parental rights advocates were heavily outnumbered at last week’s public hearing. We need all concerned citizens and especially all available OKHPR members to attend this OSDE meeting in support of parental rights policies.

You can attend the next OSDE Board Meeting pertaining to these rule changes. It is taking place on Thursday, March 23rd at 1:00 PM in Room 1-20 (State Board Room) at the Oliver Hodge Building, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, in Oklahoma City.

Doors open at 12:30 PM and it is highly encouraged that people show up a little bit before that! If you plan to attend, please register HERE so we know how many OKHPR members are there!

Talking Points for Parental Rights Rule

  • Adults should never ask children to keep secrets! If a teacher is allowed to keep a students secret, how will a student know what secrets are good or bad? Appropriate or inappropriate? If a teacher keeps a students preferred pronouns or sexual orientation confidential this blurs the boundaries and makes it difficult for a student to understand appropriate boundaries with trusted adults. Having secrets at school could make it easier for a teacher to groom a student. A teacher could potentially require acts or favors to keep from revealing a students secret.
  • Many of the comments against this rule have been that parents are abusive and cannot be trusted. This language puts a wedge between children and parents. It is very concerning that this language is being spoken publicly by school personnel at these OSDE hearings. Parents and teachers are in a partnership to educate children. We need open dialogue, not divisive rhetoric.
  • The responsibility for a child’s behavior, medical treatment, and well being falls on the parent. How can a teacher keep a secret that affects any of those things, while at the same time not having any responsibility to the child or family for the outcome and consequences of those secrets?
  • All people in Oklahoma are required to report abuse of a child with no exceptions. If a teacher believes that a child is unsafe and that teacher is keeping secrets to “keep them safe”, then the teacher has broken mandatory reporting laws. This rule further strengthens and supports child welfare guidelines.
  • Opponents of these rules have argued that children have a right to privacy. Opponents think parents should be secondary or excluded entirely. Groomer methodology includes separating children from their parents. This is the primary reason we need to pass Parental Rights rules.
  • A teacher’s role is to teach academics. Teachers are not equipped, nor should they be expected to take on the role of parenting in addition to teaching. Let parents do their job in open communication with teachers for best outcomes.

Talking Points for Media Rule

  • Each family may have different feelings on what is age appropriate for their child.
  • Parents are not available in school libraries to make sure that the books that children are picking up off of the shelves are appropriate.
  • Making sure that the books available for children in school libraries are age appropriate is not the same as book banning. Parents may buy any book for their child or borrow books from a public library if they wish for their child to read it.
  • Some books that have been found to be present in Oklahoma school libraries have been very sexually graphic, including pornographic images. These books have no place in a child’s library without the proper parental consent.

Three Important OSDE Meetings We Need You to Attend!

The Oklahoma State Department of Education will have multiple hearings over possible rules changes. This is an opportunity for our voice to be heard; let’s make our voice LOUD! Please register if you plan to attend these meetings and wear an OKHPR shirt if you have one!

Read more about the proposed rules HERE. The written public comment period will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023.
Written comments may be submitted by email to

Here is an example of a written comment!

Dear members of the State Board of Education:
We strongly support the proposed rules which, if promulgated, would prohibit school libraries from making pornographic materials or sexualized content available to minors; require school districts to annually report a list of books and other materials available in their school libraries, either through a public online catalog or through a list reported to the Department of Education; mandate that school districts have a written policy for reviewing library materials and for responding to complaints; and require the State Board of Education to lower the accreditation status of any school district found in willful noncompliance.

Friday, March 17th 10:00 AM
Room 1-20 (State Board Room) at the Oliver Hodge Building, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, in Oklahoma City.

Public hearing over rule 210:35-3; Prohibiting school libraries from making pornographic materials or sexualized content available to minors.

Friday, March 17th 2:00 PM
Room 1-20 (State Board Room) at the Oliver Hodge Building, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, in Oklahoma City.

Parents Bill of Rights, expands parents rights to be notified regarding sex education materials, including gender identity or sexual orientation; strengthens language against encouraging minors to hide information from their parents.

Thursday, March 23rd 1:00 PM
Room 1-20 (State Board Room) at the Oliver Hodge Building, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, in Oklahoma City.

Doors open at 12:30 PM and it is highly encouraged that people show up a little bit before that!

Vote No on SQ 820 on Tuesday March 7th!

Oklahomans for Health & Parental Rights, the largest parental rights and health freedom organization in Oklahoma opposes State Question 820. While we support medical freedom and have many members that utilize the medicinal benefits of cannabis, we believe Oklahoma has one of the most open programs in the nation currently. As we often say, “follow the money”. In this case, the ACLU, Schusterman and a Zuckerberg charity are partially funding the Yes Campain. We have also consulted with many medical marijuana advocates and organizations and here is just a bit of what we want voters to consider as they vote on March 7, 2023.

Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis (ORCA) sent us this statement. “As leading advocates for cannabis, and freedom of use in Oklahoma, we are disappointed with SQ 820, and cannot in good faith support it. Unlike proposals we make to ensure consumer access, safety and a level playing field for industry; SQ 820 does the opposite. Five years ago, a similar policy was approved in California. It devastated a thriving Medical Program. Additionally ,we are more disappointed that the supporters of SQ 820 have not been open about the minimal gains in justice reform that 820 provides. In fact, SQ 788 has already prohibited jail time for simple possession. Some say, “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”, that is the second rule of politics. Unfortunately, SQ 820 violates the first rule of politics. “First, do no harm”.

Leading cannabis researcher and OKHPR member, Chip Paul, who was one of the original advocates for SQ 788 told us this about SQ 820, “Most look at Colorado’s transition from medical to adult use. That is NOT an apples to apples situation.  CO had restricted their medical market with medical conditions and had around 2%-3% of their population participating in their medical program.  When adult use happened, this opened the program to CO residents (and also out of state).  Most of the upside of the CO rec program came from IN STATE RESIDENTS who did not qualify for the medical program.   In OK, we have open access and this would not be the case as it was in CO.  Further, 820 would completely reek havoc on the OMMA as it sets up dual licensing and many other administrative issues and problems.”

For more information, contact Liza Greve, Executive Director, at or 405-315-4104.

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