The Oklahoma Superintendent of Education race is being reported as a close race. Republican candidate Ryan Walters has made his priorities known, but what do we know about Democrat candidate Jena Nelson besides her opposition to vouchers?
Jena Nelson Involvement with CRT / DEI Policies
Per OCPA link below, Jena Nelson was a member of Deer Creek Public Schools Diversity and Inclusion Committee. On Feb. 12, 2022, Nelson claimed that CRT is not part of Oklahoma schools and dismissed concerns that many CRT concepts are now being relabeled as “social emotional learning” (SEL).
The Deer Creek school district has hired the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) to provide up to 13 workshops whose objectives include a focus on “diversity, inclusion, implicit bias, and inclusive leadership.”
The OCCJ blog states that several of the organization’s programs “address critical theories by seeking to interrupt the automatic consciousness that determines what is ‘right’ or the ‘truth.’ For example, both young people and adults who partake in OCCJ programs are encouraged to examine their identities, seeking examples of both privilege and lack of privilege.”