Gov. Stitt Voices Support For Statewide Charter School Board

The US Department of Education recently proposed changes to their Charter School Program requirements that some Oklahoma leaders do not support.

One of the changes is that charter schools that would be substantially or completely managed by a for-profit management group will no longer be eligible for federal startup or expansion funds.

“New regulations…would keep for-profit companies from using that federal money to start up charter schools with profits in mind,” said Sherri Brown, Parent Legislative Action Committee legislative chair.

The new regulations are supported by the Parent Legislative Action Committee.

“In Oklahoma, we’ve had some of our own issues with charter schools. EPIC and Seeworth Academy,” said Brown.

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor released a letter saying he would push back against the new federal changes.

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