Tulsa Board Votes To Intervene In Charter School Lawsuit

Tuesday, October 24th 2017, 4:32 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa Public Schools Board held a special meeting Tuesday and voted to intervene in a lawsuit concerning the state's charter schools.

The board, meeting in executive session, discussed a lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma Public Charter School Association and whether TPS needed to step in.

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The lawsuit asks for charter schools to get access to local revenue, the same as public schools.  Currently, charter schools don't receive funding like traditional public schools and the lawsuit is wanting equalization for all students.

The Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education released a statement:

"Intervention in this suit is not our first choice. We believe that this issue deserves a legislative solution that is lawful, sustainable, and equitable. We are also concerned about the accelerated pace of the lawsuit and do not have the information we need to understand the legal, fiscal, and programmatic impact on Oklahoma school districts."