Charter school gets turned down by Tulsa Schools again

Wednesday, June 19th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa School Board has rejected a charter school proposal for the second time from Pentagon Academy.

Pentagon was turned-down the first time back in April. Advocates showed up to support Pentagon Academy's efforts to become Tulsa's fourth charter school. But they didn't get the result they wanted.

On a recommendation from Tulsa School superintendent Dr David Sawyer, the school board voted 4 to 1 to reject the school's appeal. Those opposed say there's a conflict of interest between the potential charter school and Greenwood Christian Center, the schools would-be landlord. Paul Thomas, Tulsa School board member: "Whatever was done to help differentiate those two organizations was not clear enough.”

School officials insist the concerns had been met. State law does allow Pentagon Academy officials to appeal the decision through arbitration.