Okla. bill would allow charter school switch

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Parents of children in low performing Oklahoma public schools could petition to have them converted to charters school and, in some cases, have a principal and other administrators fired, under a bill approved by the Senate.

The Senate voted 30-12 on Wednesday mostly along party lines for the Parent Empowerment Act by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. David Holt.

Holt described the bill as Oklahoma's version of a "parent trigger." If a school received a "D'' or an "F'' grade for two consecutive years, parents could petition to change the school to a charter school if 51 percent of the parents in the district agree.

In Oklahoma City and Tulsa school districts, parents could also petition to have all of the administrators replaced.

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