Senate Bill 586, by state Sen. John Ford and state Rep. Jabar Shumate, would allow any of Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized Native American tribes to sponsor a charter school located in a district with more than 5,000 students in a major metropolitan area.
"I believe the civil rights issue of the 21st century is how we ensure a quality education for all children, regardless of their background," said Shumate, D-Tulsa. "It is exciting that our tribal governments want to take an active role in this effort and I am proud to carry this legislation." ...
Senate Bill 586 passed out of the House Common Education Committee today. It now proceeds to the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
'The civil rights issue of the 21st century'
"Oklahoma's tribal governments could soon sponsor charter schools, providing much-needed help to lower-income children," according to a new House press release.