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Oklahoman: Your Turn: Senate Bill 1080 is a victory for students, families

By: Hopper Smith. | May 30, 2021 The Legislature and Gov. Kevin Stitt delivered a huge win for Oklahoma’s K-12 students this session. Senate Bill 1080, which passed the House and Senate with overwhelming majorities and was signed by the governor, will help hundreds of families afford the right educational environment for their kids. As a technical matter, the bill raises the amount of tax credits available for generous Oklahomans who donate to scholarship granting organizations or certain public school foundations.…

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Shawnee News-Star: OSF provides more than 1,000 scholarships during pandemic

By: Staff Reports | March 19, 2021 Despite financial hardship brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1,000 low-income families were able to afford the best school for their children thanks to scholarship donations through the Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF). “Parents were overwhelmed this past year trying to identify the best educational options for their children,” said Hopper Smith, board chair of OSF. “Many were seeking a financial bridge to afford private school. OSF is proud to have been able to…

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Journal Record: Smith: Financial bridge available for families

By: Hopper Smith  |  Published: January 21, 2021 One of the most sacred values in our society is encouraging nurturing parents to raise children based on the academic and social needs of the child. Regrettably, in Oklahoma, many parents do not get to select where their kids go to school. In short, their ZIP code determines the kind of public education their children receive. A small percentage of affluent families can easily access high-quality private schools, but this is not…

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Fox23: Broken Arrow school bridging the gap between deaf students and hearing community

By: Amanda Hari |  September 25, 2020 Happy Hands Education Center is celebrating Deaf Awareness Month by continuing to bridge the gap between deaf students and the hearing community. Happy Hands is an early childhood development center for children that are deaf, hard of hearing or have a communication disorder. It serves children from birth through kindergarten and assists families in learning and adapting to deaf culture. The school has many specialists and doctors, and as a result, it costs about…

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Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: Tackling challenges of distance learning

By: Laura Summers |  April 28, 2020 It is a Wednesday afternoon and class is in session at Paths to Independence in Bartlesville. The teacher is teaching and the students are responding, but it is not business as usual. The lesson is coming in on a Facebook live video with the teacher in one place and the students at their homes. This is the reality of education during a global pandemic in which school doors are closed. The process of distance learning…

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An OSF School: Positive Tomorrows

Schools like Positive Tomorrows are rescuing children, and school choice policies -- such as Education Savings Accounts -- would help schools rescue even more kids. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/mvvdmvs.

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An OSF School: Corn Bible Academy

Corn Bible Academy, located in the small town of Corn, Oklahoma (population: 503), has been providing a Christ-centered educational environment for students since 1902. For more information, visit: http://www.cornbible.org.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL: Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program.

Wall Street Journal  |   OPINION How I Learned Not to Hate School Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program saved me. So why are teachers trying to kill it? By DENISHA MERRIWEATHER Oct. 22, 2014 7:07 p.m. ET By the time I was in the fourth grade, I had been held back twice, disliked school, and honestly believed I’d end up a high-school dropout. Instead, three months ago, I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in interdisciplinary social…

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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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Wesleyan Christian School and Tulsa Hope Academy First to Join OSF

The first two schools to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fund were Wesleyan Christian School of Bartlesville (Jan Boomer, July 18) and the Tulsa Hope Academy (Debra McCullough, July 24). Both schools have immediate plans to expand their scholarship programs via the Opportunity Scholarship Fund.

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