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Oklahoma Judge Rules Charter Law Does Not Violate State Constitution

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An Oklahoma County, Okla., judge has ruled a 1999 law that allowed the creation of charter schools in the state is constitutional.

District Judge Carolyn Ricks issued her ruling concerning the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act on April 23, after the Tulsa public schools had sued in December 2007, saying the law violated the state constitution’s provision against “local” or “special” laws.

The law requires only districts with 5,000 or more students in counties with a population of 500,000 or more to consider applications for charter schools.

Doug Mann, the Tulsa district’s lawyer, said the case likely will end up in the state supreme court. An appeal is expected to be filed in the next four to five weeks.

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Vol. 28, Issue 30, Page 4

Published in Print: April 29, 2009, as Oklahoma Judge Rules Charter Law Does Not Violate State Constitution
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