Oklahoma

School Choice Policies

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

Did not find

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?

Unclear-

In counties with population under 500,000 the State Board of Education cannot sponsor more than 5 charter schools per year each year for the first 5 years after the effective date of this act, with not more than one charter school sponsored in a single school district per year (from 2010 to 2015).

70-3-132.A.9 Application of act — Charter schools — Sponsorship — Limitation on establishment of new schools — Conversion school.

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

Yes-

Transportation shall be provided by the charter school in accordance with Sections 9-101 through 9-118 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes and only within the transportation boundaries of the school district in which the charter school is located.

70-3-141.A. Transportation

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

Unclear-

Charter must include description of personnel qualifications/certifications

70-3-136.B. Rules and standards to be incorporated into charter

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Yes-

Oklahoma statute allows for the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board “…to authorize and sponsor statewide virtual charter schools in this state...”

70-3-145.3.A.1: Powers and duties

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Yes-

"It shall be the duty of each virtual charter school approved and sponsored by the Statewide Virtual School Board pursuant to the provisions of Section 3-145.3 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes to keep a full and complete record of the attendance of all students enrolled in the virtual charter school in one of the student information systems approved by the State Department of Education and locally selected by the virtual school from the approved list."

70-3-145.8.A: Records of attendance

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Yes-

Virtual Charter School Authorization and Oversight Process states "The Charter School agrees that all individuals employed to teach students shall hold a valid teaching certificate issued or recognized by the State Board of Education or other qualifying credentials as allowed by the Oklahoma Charter School Act."

Virtual Charter School Authorization and Oversight Process: 8.12.4 Instructional personnel.

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?

Yes-

Oklahoma statute allows for the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, a program that provides a scholarship to a private school of choice for students with disabilities for whom an individualized education program or an individualized service plan.

70-13-101.2: Purpose of Program - Scholarship factors - Eligibility.

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?

No-

No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

Did not find

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

Did not find

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Did not find

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Unclear-

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall deny, suspend, or revoke the participation of a private school in the scholarship program if it is determined that the private school has failed to comply with the provisions of this section.

70-13-101.2.K.1: Purpose of Program - Scholarship factors - Eligibility.

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

No-

Upon acceptance of Scholarship, parent or legal guardian shall assume full financial responsibility for the education of the student, including but not limited to transportation to and from the private school.

70-13-101.2.F.2: Purpose of Program - Scholarship factors - Eligibility.

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?

Yes-

On and after January 1, 2000, the transfer of a student from the district in which the student resides to another school district furnishing instruction in the grade the student is entitled to pursue shall be granted if the transfer has the approval of the board of education of the receiving district.

70-8-101.2. Transfer of student from residential school district.

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

No-

Not required, however: "Upon a request for a student transfer pursuant to the provisions of the Education Open Transfer Act, if the parent of the student requests that the receiving district provide transportation for the student, and if the receiving district grants the transfer, then the receiving district may provide such transportation only within the boundaries of the receiving school district. A receiving school district shall not cross school district boundaries to transport a kindergarten through eighth-grade student transferred pursuant to the Education Open Transfer Act except as otherwise authorized in Section 9-105 of this title."

70-9-101.B. Transportation provided

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