Nation First-Ever Religious Charter School Denied By State

  • The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board (OSVCSB) voted on Tuesday to deny an application by a Catholic church to create a virtual religious charter school, according to a recording of the meeting.
  • The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa’s application to create the St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School would allow taxpayer funding to be used to pay for a religious charter and prompted a heated debatebetween elected officials and parents about the constitutional ramifications of such a decision.
  • Despite this, the OSVCSB voted unanimously to reject the application, the first in the state.
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