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The Little Light House Is #41

The Little Light House (Jean Winfrey, Molly Smith and Rachel Mouton) in Tulsa, Oklahoma joined the OSF this week.  TLL is the 41st school to join the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. The mission of the Little Light House is to glorify God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and their communities. TLL accomplishes this mission by providing tuition-free educational and therapeutic services to children with special needs ages birth to six. The Little Light House…

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Gov. Fallin Signs HB 1693

Governor Fallin signed HB 1693 last week. It passed the House and Senate by large margins. HB 1693 was designed to improve the current legislation authorizing our OSF. The bill was carried  State Representative Kevin Calvey and State Senator Kyle Loveless. ENHANCED TAX CREDIT: The most universal improvement was the change of the benefits to multi-year donors. Effective January 1, 2016, donors committing to the same amount for TWO consecutive years will receive 75% tax credits for BOTH years. This an improvement…

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Now 40 OSF Schools

The Opportunity Scholarship Fund now has 40 member schools. Six additional schools sponsored by the Seventh-Day Adventist Conference joined OSF yesterday. Now all 8 schools of the Conference are members. The Conference supports Adventist schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Muskogee, Ardmore, Claremore, Vinita, Bristow - and a mission school in Guymon serving Burmese refugees. There are 34 additional K-12 schools eligible to join OSF but have not yet chosen to do so. Of that group, several anticipate joining soon. There are 32 Catholic…

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OSF Now At 34 Schools

Three schools have recently joined the OSF. They are Paths to Independence School (Bartlesville), Cross Christian Academy (Disney), and Eagle Point Christian School (Sapulpa). Paths to Independence is an accredited PK-12 private school structured to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders.  It provides instruction in all academic areas, communication, social skills, recreation, and independent living.  The school goal is to have a life-long view of education, promoting functional independence from a young age. The mission of Eagle Point Christian Academy is to partner…

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Completing 2014 Tax Forms

The info below is how individuals and families filing jointly should  claim the tax credits and deductions for donations made to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Businesses should consult their tax preparers. STATE TAX CREDIT: The Tax Commission has been provided your donation information and is expecting you to claim the credits. Make sure that you have your receipt letter from the Opportunity Scholarship Fund in case the Oklahoma Tax Commission asks for it after you file. The amount of the credit will be HALF…

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Positive Tomorrows Joins OSF

The Positive Tomorrows is the latest school to join the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Positive Tomorrows began in 1989 as a real collaborative effort among a group of community organizations that recognized that the educational needs of homeless children were not being met. Founding partners included OKC Public Schools, the State Dept. of Education, CampFire USA, Neighborhood Services Organization and the YWCA. As an affiliate of the OKC Public Schools System, the school purpose was to help homeless families collect needed documentation to…

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Destiny Christian: Not Costly Just Priceless

Destiny Christian School in Del City is the newest member of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund family. For over 25 years, Destiny Christian has been serving children and families in the greater OKC area as Mid-Del Christian School. Thousands of students have walked the halls of the school, learning to read, write, and think critically in an atmosphere of loving discipline not often found today. Hundreds of graduates have gone on to become skilled employees in the workforce – attorneys, accountants, entrepreneurs, medical…

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OK Tax Credit Facts

The foundation of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund is the ability to offer Oklahoma tax credits as an inducement to contributors. Tax credits in Oklahoma periodically experience criticism and debate in the Legislature and elsewhere. Listed below are several facts about our Fund and Oklahoma tax credits. Oklahoma allowed 40 different tax credits in 2014. Only two of these credits benefit education. One is for donations to Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) that benefit private school students - such as our Opportunity Scholarship…

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First WCS Scholarship

Wesleyan Christian School scored a first on Wednesday, January 21st. The school received a $3,500 scholarship from a statewide organization called the Opportunity Scholarship Fund.  Wesleyan Christian is the first northeastern Oklahoma school outside of Tulsa to receive such a scholarship. “We’re excited to get this scholarship,” said Rocky Clark, Wesleyan Christian School Superintendent. “It will go to a student who couldn’t have enrolled at our school without it. He’s an honors student, and is active in sports and fine…

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$324,000 in 2014

The schools of the OSF generated $324,000 in 2014. That was the amount reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission on January 10. The monies will be used by those schools for scholarships in 2015. Per the "rule" - about 20% of our schools (6) raised 80% of the funds. Given that our schools realistically had less that two months to operate - the results are very encouraging for a full year of outreach in 2015.

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