Oklahoma City Public Schools to sue state Legislature

Posted at 2:18 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 15:18:44-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City Public Schools officials are planning to sue the state Legislature for educational funding.

The Oklahoma City Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution Monday to pursue legal action against the Legislature. It comes after school funding cuts followed budget shortfalls.

The resolution accuses lawmakers of ignoring "their constitutional responsibility" to provide textbooks for every child by eliminating funding for instructional materials. It also says cuts in funding for "requirements established by the Legislature" left underfunded liabilities for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Board Chair Paula Lewis says the board is pleased with the decision.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz of Altus says the district's plan to sue is "merely a media stunt by the Oklahoma City public school district."

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