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

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Almost 200 Oklahoma public school districts are banding together to file a class action lawsuit against Oklahoma’s State Board of Education. The move is to keep local tax revenues from going to charter schools.

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education moved to equalize funding for charter and traditional public schools in March by settling a 2017 lawsuit brought on by charter advocates.

Since then, resistance has been fierce from public schools and their advocates.

A compromise that prevents local tax revenues from going to charters is working its way through the legislature.

But this lawsuit filed Friday asks the Oklahoma Supreme Court to rule those millions in funds can’t go to charters and must stay with traditional public schools. The school attorneys argue that’s in line with Oklahoma’s constitution.

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