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Parent Voice Oklahoma thanks State Board of Education for support of Public Charter Schools

Staff Report 

OWASSO – Parents helping to lead Parent Voice Oklahoma (PVO) organizations thanked the Oklahoma State Board of Education for approving a settlement that increases funding for charter schools. 

In a press release sent to The City SentinelCapitolBeatOK.com, and other news organizations, Leaders at PVO said the board’s decision to support charter schools is a win for parents looking for more choices in education.

“Too often, our system of public education fails to offer parents choices, is not responsive to their needs and ignores their preferences entirely,” said Jennifer Johnson, a PVO advocate from Owasso. “One bright spot in that system has been charter schools, which offer parents and students greater options in curricula and format. We are thrilled to see the Board of Education vote to provide these schools with more resources and support.”

Dana Walsh, also with PVO, said she saw the Board’s March 26 decision as part of a larger trend towards positive reform.

“For a long time, we’ve had an education establishment that viewed itself as the only game in town, and the attitude has been ‘my way or the highway,’” said Walsh. 

“That served their interests and bottom line, but it wasn’t a system that worked for parents or students. Now that’s changing. We have a governor who is listening to parents and a board that is listening to parents. We want choices; we want input; we want a seat at the table. This decision by the board is another sign that the era of special interests ruling public education is over.” 

For more information on Parent Voice Oklahoma, go to parentvoiceok.org.

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Parent Voice Oklahoma led a rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol in November 2020 to demand a greater voice in decision-making in education. Photo Provided.