By Charles J. Russo
University of Dayton 

Oklahoma OKs the nation's first religious charter school – but litigation is likely to follow

The school's approval may be the strongest challenge yet to limits on public money in religious schools.


(THE CONVERSATION) U.S. courts have long wrestled with the extent to which government funding can be used at private religious schools. And on June 5, 2023, Oklahoma's five-person Statewide Virtual Charter School Board pushed this much-debated question into new territory by approving plans for a religious charter school – the first in the nation.

Under the proposed charter, St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School plans to open in the fall of 2024 with up to 500 K-12 students from across the state. The school would be run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Di...

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