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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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Statement Regarding Failure of SB 407

Over 5,000 students won’t have access to much needed scholarships OKLAHOMA CITY (April 25, 2019) – Rob Sellers, executive director of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, released the following statement regarding the failure of the House of Representatives to hear SB 407 after the third reading deadline Thursday. This legislation, in part, would have raised the cap on tax credit scholarships for families in Oklahoma. “We appreciate all the representatives who supported this bill, but we are disappointed that more of…

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