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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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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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Mount Olive Lutheran School and WovenLife Joins the Opportunity Scholarship Fund

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (May 7, 2019) – The Opportunity Scholarship Fund is excited to welcome two new member schools to its program - Mount Olive Lutheran School in Miami, Oklahoma and WovenLife in Oklahoma City.  These schools, along with our 64 other member schools, join the growing number of private schools that help lower-income families to provide an affordable education option for their children. Started in 1976, Mt. Olive Lutheran School is led by Dan Douglas, a parent of three young…

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