Oklahoma legislative panel rejects charter school measure

A bill targeting four Oklahoma charter schools would have required that the five highest-paid administrators are American citizens. The bill failed in committee Tuesday.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: February 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013
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Kern said she was concerned that Dove Science Academy students went on a school field trip to the Oklahoma City Raindrop Turkish House, which she said has ties with Gulen groups.

“I can't see the problem of having Turkish citizens here teaching students if a parent wants the child to go to a charter school,” said Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, a committee member.

Kern said after the meeting that the Dove and Discovery schools were connected with Gulen, and that she's concerned because Gulen-affiliated schools are being investigated for fraud involving visas.

“I'll have to find another way to deal with it,” she said.

Julian said the Dove and Discovery schools are pleased that committee members voted not to pass the measure, which will allow charter schools “the freedom to staff their schools and boards with the highest quality educators available.”

“Since 2000, Dove schools have served Oklahoma by placing a strong emphasis on math, science and technology in order to help our students reach their fullest potential,” Julian said. “Our academic success speaks for itself, and we are committed to offering the same high level of education that Oklahoma students and families deserve.”