Oklahoma school board meetings intensity dialed up over politics | #Education

The Jenks Board of Education had enough of the woman with the small dog.

The meeting room was full to the brim and thick with tension as the school board decided Sept. 9 whether to require masks in the district south of Tulsa. 

In a crowd packed with residents opposed to a mask mandate, no one’s jeers rang louder than those from a woman holding a Papillon in her arms. Finally, the board had security escort her out of the building.

“Every one of you, shame on you,” the woman yelled. “You guys make me sick.”

As discourse rages nationwide over a lack of civility in school board meetings, Oklahoma school board members say the criticism they face has been noticeably more intense since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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