OKLAHOMA CITY — In the past three years, Tulsa education law firm Rosenstein Fist and Reingold has gained an increasing share of Oklahoma’s public education budget – some say too much.
By its website’s account, the law firm represents at least 300 of Oklahoma’s 520-plus school districts. Rosenstein has a heavy concentration of clients in northeastern Oklahoma.
The Tulsa Public School District spent nearly $800,000 on outside legal fees during the 2010-2011 academic year, according to a school district spending report CapitolBeatOK obtained from open records resources.
For several years, legislators and others involved in education have complained about outside legal fees, in broader terms than Rosenstein Fist’s take.
Oklahoma City, where the public school district is similar in size, demographics and issues to Tulsa, spent $180,000 the same year, the education spending report shows.