Tag: Oklahoma and school choice

Poll shows strong support for education choice in Oklahoma

A new survey of likely Republican voters in the Sooner State revealed that 73% of those polled support the concept of school choice. Local media outlet News 9/News On 6 conducted the statewide poll of 383 Republicans, including voters who have changed their party affiliation to the GOP, asking: “Thinking[Read More…]

Oklahoma school choice scholarship benefiting students, but opposition persists

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ website. For more than a decade now, the state’s Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (LNH) program has been helping children with special needs thrive by paying for them to attend private schools that better[Read More…]

Why even Oklahoma couldn’t pass a school voucher bill

Editor’s note: This commentary from Don Parker, a former charter school board member who served three Oklahoma department of education administrations in various advisory roles, appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Education Next. A bill to create a school-voucher program in Oklahoma failed earlier this year to win passage in the[Read More…]

There’s no reason to reject school choice in Oklahoma

Editor’s note: This commentary from Frank Keating, governor of Oklahoma from 1995-2003, and Bill Price, a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, appeared Sunday on oklahoman.com. One of the most important legislative debates underway this year is whether Oklahoma will fund students, not systems or buildings, as[Read More…]

Oklahoma legislator vows to fight for school choice after education savings account bill fails

Editor’s note: This article appeared Thursday on oklahoman.com. A polarizing Oklahoma bill that would dedicate $128.5 million in taxpayer dollars for private school costs failed in a late-night vote on the Senate floor last week. In a 24-22 vote, a majority of senators nixed Senate Bill 1647, called the Oklahoma Empowerment Act, effectively[Read More…]

Oklahoma legislator seeking education choice for all families

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ website. Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat has filed legislation that would provide school-choice opportunities to all Oklahoma families, allowing parents to use state funds to pay for their children to attend any school, including private schools.[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Oklahoma state Rep. Ryan Martinez on growth of education choice in Sooner State

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the District 39 representative from Edmond, Oklahoma, about education choice in that state and the recent legislative expansion that will allow thousands of additional families access to an Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship. Martinez’s support of choice is personal. He believes it helped save his[Read More…]

Oklahoma education choice expansion bill awaiting governor’s signature

The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Thursday gave final approval to a bill which will expand the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act in a 63-36 vote. The scholarship program offers tax credits to businesses and individuals that donate to scholarship-granting organizations and to public school districts that include charter[Read More…]