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Oklahoma Approves First Religious Charter School in United States

By Reuters and Washington Free Beacon Staff

(Reuters) – An Oklahoma school board on Monday approved the Catholic Church’s application to create the first taxpayer-funded religious charter school in the U.S.

Oklahoma’s Statewide Virtual Charter School Board approved the plan to create the St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School in a 3-2 vote.

The board in April had rejected the first plan submitted for the school, saying they needed more details, including on the special education department.

Roman Catholic organizers proposed creating St. Isidore to offer an online education for kindergarten through high school initially for 500 students and eventually 1,500.

Board members have emphasized repeatedly that they were not voting on the constitutionality of such a school, but only whether the application met the board’s standards.

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