Judge rules in favor of Oklahoma schools in funding lawsuit

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OKLAHOMA CITY  – A judge has ruled that the Oklahoma Tax Commission misinterpreted a law when paying schools from motor vehicle collections.

The Journal Record reports that eight school districts filed a lawsuit against the commission, arguing that school districts lost more than $2.5 million in a year because the state used the wrong calculations to distribute the money, which is collected from vehicle registrations and excise tax.

The school districts did not ask for the money, but requested that the court have the commission adopt their interpretation of the law.

Attorney Gary Watts says the commission should have based the payout on the percentage of collections compared to last year. The commission instead made the payouts based on average daily student attendance.

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