Online Charter Schools Could Get Windfall. Public School Districts Vow To Fight Back.
Among the largest school districts in the state, Epic One-On-One is an innovative institution designed to empower families by using online technology so students can learn at home. By one classic definition, it's homeschooling that the state pays for. If a current lawsuit goes their way, Epic and other 'brick & mortar' charter schools could get equal footing with the public school districts who claim rights to the local property tax base.
OklahomaWatch files this article about the progress of a state court lawsuit for reforms in local school funding and the advancement of parental choice.
In the article, Jennifer Palmer states;
"The Oklahoma Public Charter School Association is suing the state Board of Education over the funding allocated to charter schools, which it argues is inequitable. Oklahoma charter schools are eligible for state and federal funding but not local tax revenue, including building fund taxes; gross production tax proceeds, and motor vehicle revenue. The lawsuit seeks to allow charters — both virtual and brick-and-mortar — the ability to receive the same funding as non-charters."