OKCPS Predicts It Will Lose Millions Of Dollars After Recent Funding Resolution
Oklahoma City Public Schools predicts it will lose millions of dollars after the State Board of Education adopted a resolution to equally fund traditional public and charter schools.
Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Sean McDaniel is upset.
"I can’t sit around and just let this happen. We’ve got to be more proactive."
A resolution adopted by Oklahoma’s state board would equalize funding for charter and traditional public schools. That means charters will get access to local tax revenues unlike in the past. It was abruptly passed last week and was endorsed Monday by Governor Kevin Stitt.
McDaniel says that’s problematic for public school districts. "This puts our district in a very challenging position. And never, ever would I have agreed to this settlement."
OKCPS was a party to the original lawsuit. And McDaniel says his district wouldn’t accept the terms of the settlement if given the option he believes he’s owed.
Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist joined McDaniel in condemning the board action Monday. In a written statement she demanded the resolution be rescinded or her district and others would pursue "any and all available actions."
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