The Deborah Brown Community School, one of a tiny number of charter schools sponsored by Tulsa Public Schools, is seeking to end its contract with TPS a year early so they can operate under the sponsorship of Langston University. Recent legislation allows state colleges and universities to act as charter school sponsors, providing a bypass around uncooperative school boards. A majority of TPS board members are hostile to charter schools; in December, the board voted to challenge the constitutionality of the state's charter school law.
The Tulsa World reports today, in a front-page, above-the-fold story, that negotiations between Deborah Brown Community School and TPS attorneys have stalled. TPS wants reimbursement for DBCS's property, which was acquired with public funds, and the two sides cannot agree on a settlement amount.