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Termination of Catholic charter school contract on hold | News [Video]

OKLAHOMA CITY — The new governing body over all charter schools in Oklahoma did not terminate the contract between the state and the Catholic Church that would have established the first religious charter school in the United States using taxpayer dollars as its sole funding source.

Last month, in a 7-1-1 vote, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the agreement entered into between the state and the founders of Saint Isidore of Seville Online Catholic Charter School violated both the U.S. and state constitutions. The ruling ordered the board to terminate the agreement, but on Monday, board members were told the Catholic Church is asking the state supreme court to stay its ruling while it plans out its next steps.

“We do plan on honoring and respecting the full decision of the Supreme Court,” a board member said openly after coming out of executive session before explaining the termination vote would …

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