The bill states:
The purpose of the program is to empower locally elected school board members to govern school districts and make decisions based on the needs of their students and circumstances.
The bill would allow school districts to request exemption from current state statutory requirements and Oklahoma State Department of Education rules (from which charter schools are currently exempt), according to POE.
Based on the language stricken from the bill while in committee, districts that obtain an exemption may:
- Eliminate the teacher’s minimum salary schedule.
- Eliminate the requirement for school districts to participate in the Oklahoma Teacher’s Retirement System (OTRS).
- Eliminate school district provided health insurance.
- Eliminate criminal background checks on school employees.
- Eliminate teacher evaluation and due process protections.
- Eliminate payroll deduction.
- Eliminate due process protections for support staff.
- Eliminate all certification requirements for all school district positions.
- Eliminate negotiations between a school district and employees.
- Eliminate student curriculum requirements.
- Eliminate required continuing education for local board of education members.