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State Board of Education Member Herb Rozell Resigns

Oklahoma Watchdog is reporting that State Board of Education member Herb Rozell has apparently resigned. The board is meeting this morning and Watchdog is there; reporting that Rozell’s picture and bio are no longer on the State Board’s website. Watchdog later reported on Twitter that Rozell had resigned sometime between the last meeting and today, but details are not yet known. Watch the Oklahoma Watchdog website for more info.

At a heated Board meeting in January, Rozell was disruptive and referred to Superintendent Barresi’s legislative liaison as “useless” because she was pregnant. More info on that here.

OK State Ed Board Member Rozell Violates Civil Rights Act

At a heated State Board of Education meeting, former State Senator and current board member Herb Rozell referred to State Superintendent Barresi’s legislative liaison, Jessica Russell, as “useless” because she was pregnant and is expected to give birth during the legislative session.

“If she has that child in April and takes off six weeks, she’s worthless to us,” Rozell said. “She won’t be able to keep up.” Another board member, Tim Gilpin, made a motion, as a joke, asking that Russell not have her baby in April or May. Herb Rozell has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Title VII states:

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer –

(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

(k) The terms […] → Keep reading