Oklahoma Board of Education adopts draft rules for bathroom bill

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma Board of Education has drafted rules for a bill requiring students to use bathrooms that align with their biological sex at birth.

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the bill into law in May, and it went into effect at the beginning of the 2022 - 2023 school year.

Districts will face punishment is the law is violated.

“There’s a notice to the school district. The school district then has I believe 15 days to request an opportunity to appear before you before any determination is made,” said Brad Clark, general counsel for the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Schools who don’t comply could lose up to 5% of their state funding. Parents can also file a lawsuit against the district.

Public comment will be allowed at a later date when permanent rules are considered.