Posts Tagged:school choice

Effort to ease public-school transfers advances

Legislation to ease the state’s open-transfer process for students wanting to attend another public-school district has gained committee approval. The legislation was prompted, in part, by the refusal of several major school districts to provide parents with the option of full-time, in-person instruction. “I would support this policy no matter what year, but I think…Read More

Schools use parents’ tax dollars to fight pro-parent bill

Fed up with local school boards that have been unresponsive to parental requests for full-time, in-person student instruction, parents across Oklahoma have urged state lawmakers to change Oklahoma law to allow recall elections for school-board members. While parents anticipated opposition to that effort, few expected to have their own education taxes diverted from the classroom…Read More

Movement to ‘Fund Students Instead of Systems’ Hits 21 States

West Virginia legislators have introduced a bill to secure direct funding to students through Education Savings Accounts (ESA). Education Savings Accounts allow parents to use money set aside for their child on many different possible approved K-12 expenses, including private school tuition, technology, home tutoring, and online schools. Garrett Ballengee, executive director of the Cardinal…Read More

OSDE directs teachers to controversial organization

During the week of the 2020 presidential election, the official Facebook page of the Oklahoma State Department of Education encouraged teachers to use materials produced by an organization that critics say has actively worked to brand orthodox Christians and mainstream conservative organizations as “hate groups.” On Nov. 3, 2020, the Oklahoma State Department of Education…Read More

Sens. Lankford, Inhofe Pledge Support for Student’s Right to School Choice

“Every child deserves the opportunity to dream of a bright future regardless of their zip code or socioeconomic status,” said Lankford. “Students should not be limited in their educational opportunity as they wait for improvement in their local school. I support the right of every parent and student to have open access to the best classrooms that…Read More

School choice program proves dramatic success

The “Stay in School” program launched by Gov. Kevin Stitt last summer, which used some federal COVID-19 funds for private-school scholarships, has allowed over 1,000 low-income Oklahoma students to attend private schools at substantially lower cost than what would have been spent on those same students in traditional public schools, a new report shows. “Critics…Read More

Sen. Standridge files school choice legislation to better protect students

State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, has filed legislation aimed at providing greater educational choice for families dealing with bullying and health issues, particularly during the pandemic. “The physical and mental health of Oklahoma students is the focus of each of these bills. We should always put children, their futures, and what their parents believe is…Read More