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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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Letter to the Editor: Supporting expansion of tax credit caps for Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program

By Sen. Gary Stanislawski, Tulsa A recent column by Alberto Morejon suggested Oklahoma’s Equal Opportunity Education Scholarships don't benefit people considered lower-income, so he considers the program an attack on public schools. The column references a bill that would make more tax credits available to people who donate to schools. To be clear: The bill increases the tax credit cap available for donors who put their own dollars into education. It does not remove money from education funding. In fact,…

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Point of View: Raising tax-credit cap benefits all Oklahoma students

BY ROB SELLERS Every child deserves an education that meets their specific needs and helps them reach their full potential. As Oklahoma has increased its investment in schools, including raising teacher pay, we also have wisely created ways for our citizens and companies to get involved. The Equal Opportunity Scholarship Act authorizes tax credits for people who donate to private school scholarship funds and grants for public schools. To help public schools in rural and suburban areas, people donate to…

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Equal-Opportunity Scholarships Help Lower-Income Families Many families can't afford the schools where their children would truly thrive — that's why equal-opportunity scholarships for K-12 education are so important. AND they can help the state's budget! Helping kids get a better education is a win-win.

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Opportunity Scholarship Fund reaches GuideStar’s highest Seal of Transparency

Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results Tulsa, Oklahoma [March 26, 2020] — The Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF) today earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics that highlight progress OSF is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios. "In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our…

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Trump, Stitt both support tax-credit scholarships

President Donald Trump urged Congress to advance a federal tax-credit scholarship program during his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, just one day after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt urged state lawmakers to expand Oklahoma’s version of the same program. Trump told assembled members of Congress that the “next step forward in building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Yet, for too long, countless American children…

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Stitt gives strong support to tax-credit scholarship program

When her son, Sincere, attended public school in Tulsa, Alegra Williams recalls he was receiving Cs and Ds, “more Ds than Cs.” “I thought he had a learning disability,” she said. Williams had her son tested, and school officials soon placed him on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for children with learning challenges. Then, thanks to Oklahoma’s tax-credit scholarship program, the next year she was able to send Sincere to Crossover Preparatory Academy, a private school in north Tulsa that…

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U.S. Treasury Issues Final Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (June 12, 2019) – Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department issued final regulations addressing the treatment of charitable contributions to programs that allow for state income tax credits. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, state and local tax deductions were capped at $10,000. These updated regulations clarify that individuals and businesses cannot get a charitable contribution deduction resulting in state tax credits. However, to protect long-standing tax credit scholarship programs, the Treasury Department offered relief for businesses and…

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