Termination Hearing Set For Indigenous-Focused Charter School In Oklahoma City

Dec 22, 2020

The Indigenous-focused Sovereign Community School in Oklahoma City is facing termination over its finances.

Last month, the State Board of Education voted to put the school on probation. Then, on Dec. 17, the board voted unanimously to schedule a termination hearing in 90 days citing the schools financial stability and concern over enough classes for high school graduation. A date for the hearing has not been set.

Sovereign Community School was forced to take out a $700,000 loan last summer in order to keep their doors open. Their hope was that increased enrollment would bring in more state aid dollars to pay down the loan. That didn't happen.

Officials at the school say an outbreak of coronavirus cases forced them to switch to online learning and that many families chose to enroll their students in Epic One-on-One Charter school instead.

If the State Board of Education does vote to terminate the school's accreditation, students will need to enroll in a different school for the 2021-22 school year.

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