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Oklahoma court rejects proposed religious public charter school

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a proposed state-financed Catholic charter school, saying the first-of-its-kind religious public school violated the state and U.S. constitutions.

The case of St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School would have marked the first time a state directly funded a religious public school. The ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and will be closely watched after several recent decisions that have expanded the allowed uses of tax dollars in support of religious education.

The ruling said that the state's Charter Schools Act, as well as the state and U.S. constitutions, allows only nonsectarian public schools and that the state is prohibited from using public money for the establishment of a religious institution.


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