The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a coalition of groups and plaintiffs filed a lawsuit on July 31st, 2023 challenging the nation's first religious public charter school, St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School. The coalition represents nine Oklahoma residents and a nonprofit organization that is committed to protecting Oklahoma's public school system.
The lawsuit asserts that the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board violated the Oklahoma Constitution, the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act and the board’s own regulations when it approved St. Isidore’s application for charter-school sponsorship. It is asking the court to block (1) St. Isidore from operating as a charter school, (2) the charter school board from entering into or implementing any contracts with St. Isidore, and (3) the state from funding St. Isidore.
On Nov. 14, 2023, a group of the plaintiffs filed a motion to join a similar lawsuit filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond before the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Plaintiffs are represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Education Law Center, with Odom & Sparks PLLC and J. Douglas Mann serving as local counsel in Oklahoma. This case is in the District Court of Oklahoma County.
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