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OKCPS board to seek legal advice on potential lawsuit against state

The Oklahoma City Public School board of education unanimously voted Monday to hire a law firm to research the effects the state budget cuts are having on its students and teachers.

Board chair Paula Lewis said the district will pay for the Education Law Center out of New Jersey to gather information and determine if a lawsuit against the state is viable.

“This isn’t official. We’re not filing suit,” she said. “We’re doing this for all kids in the state of Oklahoma. Every child in Oklahoma is not receiving the resources that they need. Every teacher is underpaid. Every teacher doesn’t have what they need in their classroom.”

Officials said it could take several months for the firm to complete its investigation.

Lewis said the board will decide whether to move forward with a lawsuit based on the firm’s findings.

“It’s time for the legislators to step forward and fully fund us to the level that will help our children have the best opportunity in the future,” Lewis said.

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