For Immediate Release: February 12, 2010
COFFEE ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO EXPAND CHARTERING
AUTHORITY AND EXTEND CHARTER SCHOOLS STATEWIDE
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee announced that he will introduce legislation, SB 1862, giving large city mayors chartering authority, while removing the number of caps on allowed charter schools, a major education reform that will increase opportunity for students and parents in the state’s two largest cities.
“Mayors across the nation are enthusiastic about this opportunity to reform their local schools and provide more quality educational access to their respective cities,” Coffee said. “We want to make this available to our cities, and we believe this will expand a very successful reform that has increased student achievement and parental involvement in the educational process.
“Charter schools provide greater opportunity for minority and poor students, require greater accountability, and have been proven to produce a higher level of achievement for their students,” Coffee continued.
“This is a win-win proposition for our kids and our state.”
Key points of SB 1862 include:
• Allow municipalities with a population of 300,000 or more to
sponsor/authorize charter schools;
“I personally support this proposed legislation,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. “There are a number of exciting new trends in education, and I think this will be a new tool to consider.
“I believe this also sends the message that we consider public education very important in Oklahoma City, and intend to maintain that focus in the years to come.”
Coffee’s bill is still being crafted, and will be introduced within
the next week.