Oklahoma high court weighs first publicly funded religious charter school

The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday about whether public funds can be used to support charter schools with religious affiliations.

If the state Supreme Court rules in favor of the school, it could become the first Catholic charter school in the nation to operate with public money.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that states can’t open up a program to private organizations but discriminate against religious groups,” Phil Sechler, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who represents the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board in the case, told the Washington Examiner after oral arguments on Tuesday. “No state can infringe free exercise rights by actually imposing a greater separation of church and state than the establishment clause requires. That’s exactly what’s happened here because there’s no question that the statute, the Charter Schools Act
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