OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Parents of children in low performing Oklahoma public schools could petition to have them converted to charters school and, in some cases, have a principal and other administrators fired, under a bill approved by the Senate.
The Senate voted 30-12 on Wednesday mostly along party lines for the Parent Empowerment Act by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. David Holt. Holt described the bill as Oklahoma's version of a ``parent trigger.'' If a school received a ``D'' or an ``F'' grade for two consecutive years, parents could petition to change the school to a charter school if 51 percent of the parents in the district agree. In Oklahoma City and Tulsa school districts, parents could also petition to have all of the administrators replaced.