Nearly 200 Oklahoma Public School Districts File Class Action Lawsuit To Stop Education Funding Change

Nearly 200 Oklahoma public school districts are banding together to file a class action lawsuit against the Oklahoma State Board of Education. The step is to prevent local tax revenue from going to charter schools.

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education tried in March to balance funding for charter and traditional public schools by settling a 2017 lawsuit filed by charter advocates.

Since then, opposition from public schools and their supporters has been fierce.

A compromise that prevents local tax revenue from flowing into charters is enforced by the legislature.

But this lawsuit, filed on Friday, calls on the Oklahoma Supreme Court to rule that those millions of dollars cannot be used for charters and must stick with traditional public schools. The school attorneys argue that this is in line with the Oklahoma Constitution.

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