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

Christian Heritage Academy (Del City) Newest OSF Member

Christian Heritage Academy (Josh Bullard) joined the OSF this week.  Founded in 1972, Christian Heritage Academy is a private, non-denominational Christian school and is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and recognized by the state of Oklahoma. Christian Heritage Academy offers PreK-12 grade and assistance to home school families.  Their purpose is to assist the home and church in building a solid foundation in the life of each student- a life characterized by a personal salvation…

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  • August 28, 2014

Happy Hands Education Center Joins OSF

Happy Hands Education Center (Jan Pride and Darla Otto) of Broken Arrow  joined the Fund this week. This Center is both nationally unique - and nationally recognized - for its expertise and dedication to educating hearing impaired children ages 0-6. It is the only school of its kind in Oklahoma and surrounding states. Happy Hands is a center for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and children who have other communication disorders. Their purpose is to empower these…

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  • August 25, 2014

Brittoni Bobek Joins OSF staff

Brittoni Bobek joined the Opportunity Scholarship Fund staff in August 2014. She will be managing all office support functions for the Fund and be the primary Oklahoma City contact for the OSF. Brittoni is a 2014 graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology: Criminal Justice. While at OU she earned the prestigious Big Woman on Campus award (2014) and was the recipient of six separate scholarships of distinction. Brittoni  interned at the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs,  and…

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  • August 19, 2014

May 2014 Legislation Offers OSF Improvements

The enabling legislation was amended in May 2014. Two important elements were added. Three Year Donations: One was the 75% tax credit for Year One of a three-year commitment. But that benefit will not be effective until January 1, 2015.  Until then there is no additional benefit beyond the 50% tax credits. Pass Through Business Entities: The other was the treatment of subchapter S corporations and other “pass through business entities” as businesses entitled to the maximum $200,000 contribution. But that benefit will…

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  • August 15, 2014