Walters Watch

This timeline will serve as a place that outlines and exposes Walters’ continued mishandling of the tragedy surrounding Nex Benedict’s death, his past and continued attacks on 2SLGBTQI (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex+) students and staff in Oklahoma, his appointment of extremists like LibsOfTikTok to state positions, the deterioration of the Oklahoma Department of Education under his watch, and his misappropriation of funds and campaign finance violations.

May 6, 2024

Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters vows to reject U.S. Department of Education’s updated Title IX guidelines, risking critical federal funding for Oklahoma schools

Today I’m sending a message to @JoeBiden and @SecCardona - Oklahoma will not comply with Title IX. We are filing a lawsuit today as the first statewide education department in the nation to tell the Federal Department of Education that they will never endanger our girls

May 6, 2024

Attorneys for Walters and the Oklahoma State Department of Education, who are using outside counsel because the agency has no in-house attorneys, have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two teachers who each received a bonus in error. Walters first blamed the teachers, and later the media's reporting of the story, for the issues with the program and has yet to accept responsibility for any errors that might have been made by him or the agency he leads.

In new court filing, attorneys for Ryan Walters again blame teachers for bonus issues (

May 3, 2024

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt says State Superintendent Ryan Walters and other Oklahoma State Department of Education leaders need to be held “accountable” after it was reported OSDE did not submit some key data to U.S. News and World Report, causing Oklahoma schools to plummet in the publication’s yearly rankings.

Stitt: Walters, OSDE need to be held accountable in U.S. News rankings fiasco (

May 2, 2024

Ryan Walters makes false claims and misleading on Title IX.

Oklahoma will not comply with Biden's war on women. @NEWSMAX

April 29, 2024

State Superintendent Ryan Walters sent a letter instructing all Oklahoma districts to ignore new Title IX regulations from the Biden administration, giving guidance directly at odds with the federal government and risks more than $800 million of federal funding each year.

Walters urges Oklahoma schools to ignore new Biden administration Title IX rules (

April 26, 2024

Walters dangerously urges schools to ignore new Title IX rules.

With @realDonaldTrump we could have a Secretary of Education like @Riley_Gaines_ or @ChayaRaichik10 instead we have @SecCardona who doesn’t know what a girl is.

We won’t comply. @NEWSMAX

April 26, 2024

Walters called the federal rule changes “illegal”

.@JoeBiden cannot have our kids.

We will fight back against this tyrannical regime.

My interview with @SaraGonzalesTX on @theblaze

April 24, 2024

“Please do not make any district policy changes based on the new Title IX regulations,” Walters wrote in the letter.” - Ryan Walters

.@JoeBiden will not turn Oklahoma classrooms into a woke dumpster fire.

We will never back down

April 24, 2024

In a desperate attempt to maintain his MAGA theatrics, Oklahoma’s embattled Superintendent of Public Instruction demands school districts violate the safety and civil rights of students enshrined in updated Title IX guidelines. Refusing to comply with Title IX could put federal funding for Oklahoma school districts at risk.

Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters Vows to Reject U.S. Department of Education’s Updated Title IX Guidelines, Risking Critical Federal Funding for Oklahoma Schools

April 23, 2024

A federal judge denied Ryan Walters's motion to dismiss a defamation case brought by former Norman teacher Summer Boismier, which states Walters’ made "false or misleading statements" on social media which led to violent threats being made against her.

Federal judge refuses to dismiss defamation case against Superintendent Walters (

April 22, 2024

Old social media posts written by State Superintendent Ryan Walters when he was a history teacher at McAlester High School have surfaced which raised discussion about Walters’ transformation since becoming OKlahoma’s top education official.

State Superintendent who opposes ‘porn’ in schools challenged students to predict 'Game of Thrones' (

April 18, 2024

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters turned to the right-wing echo chamber of Fox News in a desperate bid for support where he sought to divert blame for the death of Oklahoma teen Nex Benedict.

Following a Furious Rebuke from Outraged Oklahomans, Ryan Walters Continues to Spread Hate, Maligning and Misgendering Trans Student Nex Benedict

April 18, 2024

Walters took part in a “town hall” event at Oklahoma State in which he completely crumbled under the pressure of facing criticism from OSU students appalled by his mismanagement of the state’s education system and his attacks on LGBTQ+ people.

‘Never back down to a woke mob!’ Upset audience brings Ryan Walters speaking event to abrupt end (

April 18, 2024

Former Oklahoma State Department of Education employee Pamela Smith-Gordon, who Ryan Walters hired, details that an absent Walters and massive mismanagement at the department resulted in millions of dollars of lost funding for Oklahoma schools and that she is worried public schools won’t survive the rest of his term.

Conservative ex-official warns of crisis in Oklahoma schools under anti-LGBTQ+ superintendent Ryan Walters (

April 11, 2024

When The Oklahoman reported that more than 130 Oklahoma State Department of Education employees have resigned since State Superintendent Ryan Walters took office, Walters responded with a defensive video dismissing the publication as "fake news."

The Wokelahoman says it’s controversial to reduce the size of government. #fakenews#liberalmedia#garbage

April 6, 2024

The Southern Poverty Law Center added State Superintendent Ryan Walters’ appointee Chaya Raichik to its file of individual extremists and extremist movements.

'Libs of TikTok' creator, Ryan Walters' appointee Chaya Raichik added to SPLC extremist list (

April 5, 2024

In the aftermath of election day, Oklahoma voters' message was clearer than ever: Supporting Ryan Walters' agenda is a losing strategy.

Ryan Walters’ shadow looms over election losses in three Tulsa School Board races (

April 3, 2024

Voters in local Oklahoma elections overwhelmingly rejected State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters’ agenda of coddling Neo Nazis and state takeovers of local districts.

Ryan Walters’ Horrible Election Day: Oklahoma Voters in Enid and Tulsa Soundly Reject His Destructive Education Policies and Coddling of Extremists

March 31, 2024

Like many MAGA extremists, Ryan Walters attacked Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the National Education Association for celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), demonstrating not only his continued transphobia but a complete lack of understanding for how calendars work. International Transgender Day of Visibility has been celebrated on March 31 for more than 15 years, whereas Easter occurs on the Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Celebrating “Trans Day of Visibility” the same day as Christ’s Resurrection is a new low in America. Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.


March 29, 2024

Just a day after the disastrous Oklahoma State Department of Education meeting, The Oklahoman reported that Ryan Walters had pulled out of an event hosted by a conservative group at Oklahoma State University, where student protests had been planned.

Ryan Walters’ appearance at an Oklahoma State University suddenly canceled (

March 28, 2024

Ryan Walters tweeted out his opening statement from the State Board of Education Meeting, a collection of unhinged MAGA talking points where he refused, again, to say Nex Benedict’s name.

A woke mob formed around the death of a child. They lied. They attacked. Truth has come to light and we will not back down.

March 28, 2024

Watch the statements of 10 members of the public, who all criticized State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters directly to his face for his failures to protect the state’s LGBTQ+ students and keep Oklahoma schools safe. Their overwhelming message was clear: Ryan Walters should be removed from office.

Oklahomans Slam Ryan Walters at State Board of Ed Meeting, Call for his Removal

March 28, 2024

Ryan Walters no longer has lawyers at his agency as the mass exodus from the Oklahoma State Department of Education continues.

Oklahoma Education Department has no employed attorneys at present (

March 27, 2024

In a clear effort to silence Oklahomans waiting outside to gain entrance to the highly anticipated State Board of Education meeting, state officials used ties and an extension cord to close off the entrance to the Oklahoma State Department of Education and posted a new rule on the building barring people from waiting outside the building between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.

ICYMI: In “Dramatic Change of Enforcement Protocol,” Doors Locked to Oklahoma State Department of Education Building As Ryan Walters Prepares For Intense Scrutiny At Public Meeting Today

March 25, 2024

New polling data on Walters, including one survey privately shared by Republican operatives, show Walters with significant unfavorable ratings among a variety of demographics.

Polling data: ‘How do you feel about Ryan Walters?’

March 23, 2024

KFOR reported that numerous sources said Walters’ chief of staff and two other top agency employees have left in recent weeks.

News report: Ryan Walters loses chief of staff, latest agency defection (

March 20, 2024

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has turned down a request from Walters to insert himself into a lawsuit that seeks to stop the creation of what would be the nation's first public religious charter school for a third time.

Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects Ryan Walters' involvement in religious charter school case for third time (

March 13, 2024

Instead of tax dollars staying in Oklahoma to help students, state education funds are used to boost Ryan Walters’ national political profile.

Oklahoma tax dollars funding national promotion of State Superintendent Walters (

March 12, 2024

Ryan Walters publicly discredits experienced educators and continues to push a false indoctrination narrative.

“In Oklahoma we will not be taking advice from someone who is actively indoctrinating kids.”

March 10, 2024

Superintendent Walters continues to champion policies and use retaliatory tactics that have many teachers worried that teaching certain parts of history could put their jobs and licenses at risk.

Educators say they fear Oklahoma law restricts teaching 'Killers of the Flower Moon' book (

March 8, 2024

Two more senior-level staffers resign from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Ryan Walters' administration exodus continues with departure of top accreditation official (

February 28, 2024

350+ LGBTQ, civil rights groups, and notable public figures urge removal of Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters, and D.O.E. investigation.

Local and national leaders illustrate the failure of Walters and the Oklahoma Department of Education in the months preceding the death of Nex Benedict. (

February 28, 2024

Oklahoma State Legislature is working to weaken Ryan Walters’ powers and strip him of some of his authority.

Oklahoma lawmakers want to rein in Ryan Walters-led agency. Here's how (

February 22, 2024

Oklahoma City businessman and local politician blasts Walters for his role in the bullying faced by Nex at a public meeting held by the Oklahoma Department of Education.

OK politician confronts Ryan Walters for Nex Benedict death (

February 20, 2024

The Edmond School Board voted unanimously to file a petition with the court to determine if the rules adopted and enforced by the State Department of Education (SDOE) are valid under Oklahoma Law.

Edmond Public Schools takes legal action against the State Board of Education (

February 7, 2024

Nex is attacked in their school’s bathroom after a year of anti-LGTBQ+ bullying, a consequence of the hostile environment created by Ryan Walters

February 6, 2024

One day before Nex is attacked, Ryan Walters promotes spreader of hate speech and anti-LGBTQ+ school policies; saying they will make schools safe for all children of Oklahoma.

“Making Oklahoma schools safe with @ChayaRaichik10@libsoftiktok

January 24, 2024

Ryan Walters appoints LibsofTikTok’s Chaya Raichik to statewide library advisory board; believes a person who does not hold an education background, has no experience in a classroom setting, and is from California should decide what can or cannot be taught in Oklahoma schools.

“The day the radical left (and a few moderate Republicans)lost their minds. Keep them on their toes,@ChayaRaichik10

December 27, 2023

For Walters, Out = DEI programs. In = teaching the Bible in public schools. Walters doesn’t believe the separation of church and state applies to public schools in Oklahoma.

“It’s time to end DEI and drag queens from Oklahoma schools. Our kids deserve better.@toddstarnes Oklahoma Schools Boot Drag Queens, Welcome Jesus”

December 10, 2023

Ryan Walters proposed dangerous new rules to eliminate long-held American Library Association guidelines

“Marxist ALA eliminated. Ryan Walters calls for eliminating 'woke' library standards from Oklahoma schools”

November 28, 2023

Ryan Walters feels bullied by ACLU, but has no problem bullying and harassing children expressing their individual LGBTQ+ identity.

“People of faith will never be bullied.”

November 7, 2023

Ryan Walters believes that implementing harmful anti-LGBTQ+ policies will “protect’ women and girls.

“Radical gender ideology has no place in Oklahoma schools. I am working to enforce@GovStitt 's Execuive Order that defines the two genders and protects our women and girls.”

November 1, 2023

Ryan Walters threatened textbook companies that Oklahoma would not accept textbooks with critical race theory and social-emotional learning content under his leadership.

“We are checking textbooks to ensure there is NO CRT in our state curriculum. If you can't teach math without talking about transgenderism, go to California or go to New York—not Oklahoma.”

October 28, 2023

Ryan Walters thinks the mental and physical well-being of transgender students is a game.

“The transgender game must stop.”

October 11, 2023

Ryan Walter believes it is best for the children of Oklahoma to work with a known hate group to develop educational policy and programs.

“I had a great meeting with @Moms4Liberty where we discussed how Oklahoma is empowering parents to provide the BEST education for our children. Thank you to all who attended and it’s an honor to work together.”

October 4, 2023

Ryan Walters aligns himself with Chaya Raichik, who runs an anti-LGBTQ+ hate account.

“.@ChayaRaichik10 at@libsoftiktok is a champion and a watchdog for Oklahoma parents and kids. She is fearless. Stay tuned for future announcements”

September 26, 2023

Ryan Walters targets teachers and their unions, believing they don’t have students’ best interests at heart because they are too busy indoctrinating them about acceptance and inclusion.

“The radical, woke teacher unions care more about indoctrination than they do education. I will make sure that our students' education is always the number one priority.”

September 26, 2023

Ryan Walters targets principal for performing in drag.

“If woke school boards refuse to follow the law and protect our kids, I will.”

September 12, 2023

Ryan Walters touts new Oklahoma safety measures while actively making OK schools a dangerous place for the state's LGBTQ+ students.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our kids. I'm proud to join with@GovStitt in implementing a comprehensive school safety plan for all Oklahoma students.”

September 1, 2023

Ryan Walters calls for the end of discrimination against religious groups, however, thinks it is perfectly acceptable to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community.

“Discriminating against religious groups is fundamentally un-American. Oklahomans deserve robust choices in education and Catholics and other religious groups who wish to start charter schools can't be denied equal access.”

August 13, 2023

Ryan Walters thinks standing up to liberty means preaching discrimination and hate toward an entire community.

“Oklahoma@Moms4Liberty lead the charge for school reform. Proud of each of you who stand up for liberty.”

July 8, 2023

Ryan Walters accuses President Biden of politically hijacking the education system.

“No more indoctrination. @JoeBiden is politically hijacking education and we must choose another way forward.”

June 8, 2023

Ryan Walters calls recognized extremist group Moms of Liberty, a “Patriotic organization.”

Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters defends Moms for Liberty (

May 15, 2023

A whistleblower who formerly worked at the Oklahoma State Department of Education claims Superintendent Ryan Walters lied to lawmakers about the status of grants.

Whistleblower claims Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters lied to state lawmakers (

May 11, 2023

Ryan Walters’ directed staff not to accept Federal Grants with elements of DEI, LGBTQ initiatives or social-emotional learning.

Oklahoma state employee told to avoid federal grants with DEI LGBTQ+ Terms (

April 4, 2023

Ryan Walters released guidelines for banning books. 190 LGBTQ+ related book titles were banned as a result.

Oklahoma rules on school books, trans students should be void, AG says (

March 10, 2023

Ryan Walters wants you to believe that teachers are standing in the way of progress in the education system. His administration is trying to bring Oklahoma schools back to the 1950s.

“.@okea , @AFTunion , and @NEAToday believe that parental voices should be silenced. Woke indoctrination needs to end and we need to put real solutions in our schools.”

January 9, 2023

Ryan Walters is sworn in as the new Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction.