A member of the Oklahoma State Board of Education suggested Thursday that private schools should not be allowed to participate in a state program for children with special needs unless they substantially abandon their Christian identity.
During the board’s monthly meeting, Altus Christian Academy and Christian Heritage Academy both applied to participate in the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities program. That program provides state tax dollars to parents to send children with special needs, or foster children, to private schools.
Board member Kurt Bollenbach objected to the approval because one of the schools requires teachers to be Christians and both schools have rules that emphasize traditional Christian teachings on sexuality.
“One of the two schools said in their hiring policy that they will only hire—and I believe the term was—‘mature Christian teachers,’” Bollenbach said.