Senator John Ford, R-Bartlesville
For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2008
Sen. John Ford
Appropriations Committee Passes Charter
School Pilot Program
A bill by State Senator
John Ford, who represents Craig, Nowata and Washington counties,
that will establish a charter school district pilot program passed
out of the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 10-6 vote.
Currently, certain school districts are allowed to have individual
charter schools within their jurisdiction. Charter schools are supported
by state funding, but exempt from many state regulations. Senate
Bill 2100 would establish a trial program allowing 10 entire school
districts in Oklahoma to become charter districts.
Senator Ford recognized the opportunity of Senate Bill 2100 and
praised its passage.
“With school districts given the choice to become a charter
district, we are making way for creativity in education and giving
parents more opportunities and options for their children’s
education,” he said.
“In this innovative pilot program, the burden of many state
mandates is removed, the locally elected school board is given more
input in what happens in the district, and at the same time, the
state retains oversight.”
In Senate Bill 2100, a seven member board will be established that
will create criteria for a school district to become a charter district.
With this bill, if a district becomes a charter district, there
will be no change to funding for that district. SB 2100 will now
be sent to the Senate floor for debate.
For more information contact:
Senator Ford's Office: (405) 521-5634