Corn Bible Academy Joins OSF!

Corn Bible Academy (Curt Cloud) recently joined the OSF family.  Corn Bible Academy was established in Corn, Oklahoma in 1902, founded on the Godly principles of the Mennonite Brethren Church. A group of Russian/German immigrants settled in the central western part of the Oklahoma Territory, determined to build a community with a deep devotion to Christian faith and biblical principles, experience in agriculture, an appetite for hard work, and a desire for prosperity. A foundational concern in developing this community…

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  • September 29, 2014

Disability Discrimination Interpretation

The Law and the Opportunity Scholarship Fund agreement requires schools to state that they will not discriminate in admissions based upon disability. This has caused some concern among schools. It should not. Schools may be concerned that this requirement means they must admit any disabled student regardless of the severity of the disability or the additional resources a school would require to provide. It does not. The following is the position of the OSF Board of Directors. This provision applies…

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  • September 22, 2014

The Bandwagon Grows

Two more schools jumped on the OSF bandwagon this week! Trinity School (Jennifer Vaught) is located in Oklahoma City and recently joined the OSF. Trinity’s mission is to provide a safe and nurturing educational experience for children with learning differences through programs designed to meet each student’s specific needs.   A foundational belief of Trinity School is that active learning is fundamental to the full development of a child’s potential.  Trinity school promotes independent thinking, active learning, a “can-do” attitude, and…

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  • September 17, 2014

BULLETIN

For 2014-15, the Scholarship Act allows an eligible student to receive up to $6,194 annually. This is 80% of the statewide annual average expenditure per pupil reported by the State Department of Education. The actual scholarship amount will depend upon a number of factors including OSF/participating school success in raising funds each year. The school will propose a scholarship amount, but the final decision will rest with the OSF. A low income student is defined as eligible for free and reduced…

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  • September 16, 2014

Three More Schools …

Three more schools have signed agreements to join the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. They are Victory Christian School (Tulsa), Town and County School (Tulsa) and the Mission Academy (Oklahoma City). The purpose of Victory Christian School is to provide a quality Christian education without compromising the Word of God, in an environment where students will experience maximum success. Students learn to live by the Word of God, be led by the Spirit of God, and reach out to others with the Love of…

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  • September 12, 2014

Stonebridge Academy, Welcome!

Stonebridge Academy (Wren Hawthorne) joined the OSF family this week.  Based in Okmulgee, Stonebridge Academy offers a rigorous academic curriculum to students pre-3 through 8th grade.  They strive to give the students exposure to the arts, instill respect and diversity, explore community engagement and enrich ethical behavior.  Stonebridge Academy delivers a welcoming environment where every student is encouraged and challenged to develop academically, socially and personally in their quest of becoming an effective world citizen.

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  • September 9, 2014

THE SATURDAY INTERVIEW: Former D.C. councilman Kevin Chavous talks about his battles with teachers unions…

THE SATURDAY INTERVIEW On the School-Choice Barricades Former D.C. councilman Kevin Chavous talks about his battles with teachers unions across the country and why the voucher movement is advancing. By ALLYSIA FINLEY Sept. 5, 2014 6:35 p.m. ET 'It's like a tale of two Americas on school choice," says Kevin Chavous. There's the status quo that includes the teachers unions and their allies. "And then there's the other America"—those "who have to suffer every day because their kids aren't getting…

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  • September 6, 2014

Lawton Christian School Joins OSF

Lawton Christian School is an independent, co-educational, interdenominational, non-profit, Christian day school for students in grades PK-3 - 12.  It was founded in 1976 and currently has 400 students.Lawton Christian School is an independent, co-educational, interdenominational, non-profit, Christian day school for students in grades PK-3 - 12.  It was founded in 1976 and currently has 400 students.

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  • September 5, 2014

Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarships

The Florida program was launched in 2001. In the 2013-14 school year alone, the program awarded almost 60,000 scholarships at an average value of $4,663 each. The program is capped at $286 million in tax credits.  There is no personal income tax in Florida so all the generated scholarship money is from private business. Florida businesses receive generous dollar for dollar tax credits. It is estimated that 30% of Florida's students can qualify for the scholarships whereas 80% of Oklahoma…

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  • September 4, 2014