TPS Loses Charter School Law Challenge

Thursday, April 23rd 2009, 10:32 pm
By: News On 6

News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa Public Schools loses its fight against the state charter school law.  That has charter school advocates claiming victory.

TPS filed a lawsuit more than a year ago challenging the constitutionality of the state's charter school law.  The district argued the law is unfair because it only applies to Tulsa and Oklahoma City.  A judge disagreed, and found the law constitutional.

Tulsa Representative Jabar Shumate says it is really a win for parents who will have more educational choices for their children.

"Hopefully in our larger school districts, they learn and embrace charter schools. Because they are opportunities to give kids who wouldn't otherwise have access to quality education to excel and grow," said Democratic Representative Jabar Shumate.

Shumate says he hopes Thursday's ruling will encourage educators to open more charter schools.