Bill supporting private-school, homeschool costs clears committee, advances in Senate

One of the Oklahoma Legislature’s most polarizing education bills narrowly passed committee on Tuesday.

The Senate Education Committee advanced Senate Bill 1647, called the Oklahoma Empowerment Act, with an 8-7 vote.

The legislation, which drew a large crowd to the meeting room, would set aside state education funds in accounts for families who wish to apply the money to private-school or homeschool costs.

Four Republicans opposed the bill along with the committee’s three Democrats.

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