Ryan is a lifelong advocate of improving Oklahoma’s education system and helping every student reach their full potential.
I believe we as a society should strive to fulfill Martin Luther King Jr’s dream of judging people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. Unfortunately, a philosophy that teaches the opposite of this principle is infecting our classrooms, and we need to put a stop to it. CRT is a dangerous and racist philosophy, and all it does is divide and characterize entire groups of people solely based on the color of their skin. As superintendent, I promise to advocate for CRT’s removal from any curriculum that comes from the State Board of Education.
When schools close, the results are detrimental, and our children suffer. That’s why from day one as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Education, I fought hard to keep schools open. I worked with Governor Stitt on an Executive Order and the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce on an initiative that allowed government employees and business owners to step in and serve as substitute teachers to alleviate the shortage. We must utilize all the resources we have to keep our children in the classroom.
Every Oklahoma student deserves access to an excellent teacher. As a teacher myself, I know one of the ways we can keep our best teachers is to give them opportunities for promotion while staying in the classroom. A teacher’s only pathway to a raise should not be strictly through an administrative position that takes them further away from students. As Secretary of Education, I am working with Governor Stitt and legislative leaders on legislation that would create a pathway for our best teachers to make six-figure salaries. This would allow our excellent teachers to stay in the classroom and empower them to train others around them. We also must break the grip that unions have on our teachers, which hinders our teachers’ pay and professional development. As State Superintendent, I will do all I can to lift up our quality teachers and attract and retain the best and brightest to serve our students in every classroom.
I am 100% unapologetically pro-life, and I will be a tireless advocate for our most vulnerable. A child’s life is a gift from God and must be protected. We should not give a single taxpayer dollar to organizations, like Planned Parenthood, that perform or promote the taking of innocent human life.
I am a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment and will fight tirelessly to protect our right to self-defense. Criminals will always be able to get their hands on guns, but the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. That’s why I will never support any legislation that harms a law-abiding American’s ability to protect themselves and their family.
I support legal immigration and legal immigration only. There should be no scenario in which you can walk across the border and be protected by a sanctuary city yet have to wait five and a half years to become a legal citizen. The system is broken. Every day our porous border is allowing drugs, violence, and crime to enter our country. We must ban sanctuary cities, continue building the border wall that Trump started, and protect our ICE and Border Patrol officers.
Under President Trump, our country was thriving, but now President Biden has crippled our economy. Out-of-control inflation and supply chain issues impact our everyday lives, and small businesses are left with no other option but to shut their doors indefinitely. To reverse the damage we must lower taxes, cut regulations, and encourage our businesses to produce on American soil.