Oklahoma governor orders special audit of Tulsa schools

July 7, 2022 GMT
FILE - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks, April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is calling for a special audit of Tulsa Public Schools for what he says is a potential mishandling of public funds. Stitt said he ordered the audit on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the request of two Tulsa School Board members, E’Lena Ashley and Jennettie Marshal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks, April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is calling for a special audit of Tulsa Public Schools for what he says is a potential mishandling of public funds. Stitt said he ordered the audit on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the request of two Tulsa School Board members, E’Lena Ashley and Jennettie Marshal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks, April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is calling for a special audit of Tulsa Public Schools for what he says is a potential mishandling of public funds. Stitt said he ordered the audit on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the request of two Tulsa School Board members, E’Lena Ashley and Jennettie Marshal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks, April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is calling for a special audit of Tulsa Public Schools for what he says is a potential mishandling of public funds. Stitt said he ordered the audit on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the request of two Tulsa School Board members, E’Lena Ashley and Jennettie Marshal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks, April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is calling for a special audit of Tulsa Public Schools for what he says is a potential mishandling of public funds. Stitt said he ordered the audit on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the request of two Tulsa School Board members, E’Lena Ashley and Jennettie Marshal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday called for a special audit of Tulsa Public Schools for what he said was a potential mishandling of public funds.

Stitt said he ordered the audit at the request of Tulsa school board members E’Lena Ashley and Jennettie Marshal, who wrote to Stitt on July 1 to complain that state contract laws may have been violated.

Stitt also raised concerns that the school may be violating a new state law the Legislature passed and he signed last year that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and racism.

Among the concepts prohibited from being taught in public schools in Oklahoma are that individuals, by virtue of race or gender, are inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.

Telephone and email messages left with Tulsa Public Schools on Thursday were not immediately returned.