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GUEST EDITORIAL: School choice is a win-win for Oklahoma

By Charlie Daniels | Feb. 7, 2022 Everyone knows this: No two kids are alike. Less obvious, but equally true: no two schools are alike either, and there's not a single school - not even the "best" one - that's perfect for every kid. But somewhere among the 1,900 schools in Oklahoma is the right school. It could be public, private, charter or virtual. That's why we have school choice, so parents can choose the school where their kids can…

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Ray Carter | Feb. 7, 2022 In his State of the State address, Gov. Kevin Stitt urged legislators to be bold and provide Oklahoma families with a significant expansion of school-choice opportunity, saying families should have the greatest voice in how their children are educated. “In Oklahoma, we listen to parents, because we know God gave kids to parents—not to the government,” Stitt said. He also called for providing “six figure” salaries to the state’s best teachers to keep them…

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Your Money, Your Choice

Charlie Daniels | Dec. 9, 2021 No two kids are exactly alike. Not even identical twins.  No two schools are alike either, not even “good suburban grade schools.” Oklahoma has over 900,000 kids and over 1,900 schools, and no one school – not even the best one – is perfect for every kid. But somewhere among those schools, whether public, charter, private, virtual or blended, is the right school. That’s why we have school choice: so that parents can choose…

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Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: Wesleyan Christian promoting scholarship program

By Daisy Creager | Oct. 19, 2021 Wesleyan Christian School is promoting a state program granting income tax credits for donations to K-12 private school scholarships — creating a way for donors to direct tax dollars to local education and for schools to gain scholarship funding for low-income families. Through the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act, individuals or businesses donate to a Scholarship Granting Organization — a nonprofit designated to administer the private-school scholarships — and specify the school…

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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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The Oklahoman Point of View: Private schools provide stability for Oklahoma students, parents

Rob Sellers | August 12, 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has been changing our way of life since March. But recent weeks have seen additional chaos as public school districts attempt to plan for a fall semester. There have been delayed starts, plans to mix virtual learning with in-class time and contentious board meetings. Employers have no idea how, or if, they can staff their businesses, teachers can’t make lesson plans and parents don’t know what arrangements to make or, more…

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SCOTUS Ruling Benefits Oklahoma Students, Faith-Based Schools

Justices rule state programs can’t discriminate against families sending their children to religious private schools TULSA, Okla. (June 30, 2020) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Tuesday is a victory for families who wish to attend faith-based schools across the country and use state programs providing tuition assistance to afford them, Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF) Executive Director Rob Sellers said. The case, known as Espinoza vs. Montana Department of Revenue, involved a challenge to Montana’s constitutional “no aid” rule…

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