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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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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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Benefits to Oklahoma’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program Continue to Grow

Oklahoma City University economists release updated fiscal impact study OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 13, 2018) – A new fiscal impact study shows Oklahoma’s tax credit scholarship programs save the state – and public education – money while helping hundreds of lower-income families afford to send their children to private school. The Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF) is one of several scholarship granting organizations (SGOs) created under the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act in 2011. An updated study by economists at Oklahoma…

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Corn Bible Academy, Western Oklahoma Christian School awarded scholarship grants

Clinton, OK (October 11, 2018)  Corn Bible Academy and Western Oklahoma Christian School received scholarship grants totaling more than $100,000 this week from Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF). The presentations were attended by school staff, parents, Rep. Todd Russ and OSF director Rob Sellers. The non-profit OSF helps fund the educations of students who might not otherwise be able to attend a private school. “Our donors are very generous, and they want to help low income families have the opportunity to…

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OSF presents more than $105,000 in scholarships to Enid families

              Ryan Miller | Enid News & Eagle ENID, Okla. — Opportunity Scholarship Fund presented more than $105,000 in scholarships to 47 families at two private Enid schools last Wednesday. The scholarships will allow 47 lower-income families in Enid to be able to afford to send their children to Oklahoma Bible Academy and Emmanuel Christian School.  OSF provided the scholarships to 35 families for OBA and 12 at ECS, said Rob Sellers, executive director. "They would not be…

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Stillwater Family Receives Opportunity Scholarship Fund’s 1,000th K-12 Scholarship

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 21, 2017) – A Stillwater family has received the Opportunity Scholarship Fund’s (OSF) 1,000th scholarship in 2017. Lily Clark, age 5, was awarded the $2,500 scholarship to attend Stillwater Christian School “Lily loves and is thriving at Stillwater Christian School,” said Bethany Clark, mother of the scholarship recipient. “We just had another baby and I’m staying home, which means we are down to a single income. We are sincerely grateful for OSF and their donors.” Hundreds of…

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Study Confirms Equal Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Benefits State, Families

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 9, 2017) – Legislation allowing the Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF) to help hundreds of lower-income families afford to send their children to private school benefits the state budget, a fiscal impact study found. The Oklahoma City University study by economists Dr. Jacob Dearmon and Dr. Russell Evans revealed for every $1 of tax credit issued to scholarship donors through the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act, the Oklahoma state budget saves $1.24. The fiscal impact to the…

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Wymer Brownlee Donates $100,000 to Positive Tomorrows

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 28, 2017) – Positive Tomorrows has received a $100,000 donation from Wymer Brownlee. It is the largest gift given to the nonprofit through the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, a tax-credit scholarship granting organization. The announcement was made on KOCO Channel 5's morning show this morning.  A clip of that video is shown here (http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=d9423e2e-18df-4d60-86ed-2bb4529f5b94) The donation enables more than 10 homeless children to attend the private elementary school for the 2017-2018 school year for free. “As a wealth…

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Senate Bill Ensures Growth for K-12 Scholarships

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 1, 2017) – The Opportunity Scholarship Fund is celebrating the passage of Senate Bill 445 sponsored by Sen. Newhouse, R-Broken Arrow. SB445 raises the cap on tax credits for private donors and provides protections to ensure current donors receive all the tax-credits they have earned. “We applaud the state legislature for recognizing the value these scholarships provide to families in need,” said Rob Sellers, executive director of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund. “These donations are vital in ensuring…

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