Tag: religious charter schools

podcastED: National charter school movement leader talks about charter performance and Oklahoma’s approval of a religious charter school

  On this episode, senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Nina Rees, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Founded in 2005, the alliance’s stated mission is to ensure all children have access to a high-quality public education regardless of their ZIP code. Rees[Read More…]

Fordham Institute: Catch up on religious charter schools debate

Editor’s note: This compilation of commentaries from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute appeared last week on the institute’s website. To read a report of the Oklahoma decision from reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie, click here. In a 3-2 decision last week, an Oklahoma state board defied the attorney general and[Read More…]

The extended case for faith-based charter schools

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s website. A little-noticed event in late 2022 destabilized a pillar of contemporary American K–12 education, namely that all schools considered part of the public system must be secular. Last December, the attorney general of Oklahoma issued an[Read More…]

Final vote on nation’s first religious charter school delayed as board members request more information

Editor’s note: For related posts from reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie, click here and here. Concerned about conflicting attorney general opinions and the certainty of a lawsuit, members of Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board unanimously voted to disapprove the application for what would be the nation’s first religious charter[Read More…]

Oklahoma governor opposes withdrawal of legal opinion on religious charter schools

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who was recently elected to a second term on a platform of expanding education choice, came out in “strong disagreement” against the state Attorney General Gentner Drummond’s withdrawal of a legal opinion issued by his predecessor supporting the approval of a Catholic virtual charter school. Stitt[Read More…]

Oklahoma Attorney General withdraws opinion enabling state-funded religious schools

This statement appeared today on the website of the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General. Attorney General Gentner Drummond today withdrew an opinion issued by his predecessor, stating that the Opinion “misuses the concept of religious liberty by employing it as a means to justify state-funded religion.” In one of[Read More…]

All eyes on Oklahoma as state board considers allowing nation’s first religious virtual charter school

A meeting of an obscure state board set for Tuesday could swing open the door to religious charter schools nationwide. Members of the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board in Oklahoma are expected to consider an application by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa to open an[Read More…]

Supreme Court opens path to religious charter schools

Editor’s note: This article appears in the Winter 2023 issue of Education Next. In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Carson v. Makin that Maine violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by excluding religious schools from a private-school-choice program—colloquially known as “town tuitioning”—for students in school districts[Read More…]