OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Public schools across the state would be able to "opt out" of many state mandates under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House.
The House voted 70-17 on Tuesday for the School District Empowerment Program by Dacoma Republican Rep. Jeff Hickman. The bill allows school districts to opt out of most of the state mandates that charter schools are not required to follow.
Under the bill, individual school districts would first have to seek permission from the state Board of Education to be deregulated. Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry vetoed a similar bill several years ago.
Hickman says he worked with the Oklahoma Education Association on the bill, and several mandates will still apply to districts, including minimum salary schedules, insurance requirements, and background checks, among others.
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