After Being Denied Twice Locally, Norman Charter School Approved By State

Mar 24, 2017

For the second time this year, the State Board of Education approved a charter school application that a local school board had previously denied.

A group of parents applied to start Le Monde International School, a French and Spanish Immersion charter school in Norman, but the Norman Public School Board of Education denied their application twice.

Cathy Nashert, the President of the Norman School Board, says the application was not very strong.

"The information that was provided in the application from LeMonde did not adequately address the fundamental issues related to curriculum, finance and facilities. It would set the entire program at peril if it did not get off the ground successfully."

The parent group then appealed to the State Board of Education, who approved their charter application on Thursday. The State Board voted 5-2, with State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister voting no.