Monday, April 11, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued this statement on signing House Bill 2720, which amends the Oklahoma Charter School Act to clarify how public school districts may convert an existing public school to a “conversion school:” (A conversion school has the flexibility of a charter school.)
“House Bill 2720 empowers local school boards to create conversion schools allowing for additional flexibilities similar to charter schools. I hope schools will use this opportunity to maximize resources to increase educational outcomes. I appreciate the bi-partisan effort from Representative Emily Virgin, Speaker Pro Tem Lee Denney and Senator Clark Jolley to ensure the success of this bill, as well as the input from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. This is a positive step forward to improve the quality of education in our state.”
HB 2720 also amends the Charter School Act to clarify the governance, funding and personnel flexibilities afforded to a charter school.