The Morning Bell: School lawsuits & student protests
Good Tuesday morning! With charter schools suing the state, Oklahoma's two largest school districts are considering striking back, reports the Tulsa World.
The Oklahoma City Public Schools board voted Monday evening to authorize its attorneys to file for the intervention in the charter school group's lawsuit. The Tulsa Public Schools board is set to take up the issue at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.
In July, the Oklahoma Public Charter School Association filed suit against the State Board of Education in Oklahoma County District Court. Because it was filed as an emergency petition, the suit is on a fast track, with a hearing of the emergency petition and plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment scheduled for Nov. 3.
Andrea Eger's story in the World does a good job of breaking down the type of funding OKC and Tulsa schools are worried about losing to charters.
An Oklahoma charter school group sued the state Board of Education this year, which you can read more about here. “We are looking for an equalization in funding for all public school students,” said Barry Schmelzenbach, president of the charter association and superintendent of Harding Fine Arts Academy charter school. “Right now we have a system where one public school student is valued less than another.”
--STUDENT PROTEST: Not all students who attend Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering are happy about sharing space with Oklahoma City Public Schools administrators while the district's new home is being renovated.
Several took their concerns to Superintendent Aurora Lora on Monday following a lunchtime protest at the school, 3100 N Kelley, that drew about 150 students.
Lora, speaking at Monday night's school board meeting, said she met with student leaders to address their concerns "and clear up some miscommunication and misinformation that has gone out about ... how we are sharing the building with Northeast."
--BOARD VOTES FOR NAME CHANGE: Oklahoma City School Board members voted unanimously Monday night to change the names of three schools named after Confederate leaders amid little protest. The board voted 7-0 to rename Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Isaac Stand Watie elementary schools, which Superintendent Aurora Lora previously said do not "reflect our values in 2017."
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