Enacted 2010 • Launched 2010 • Voucher
Any Oklahoma student with special needs currently in public school is eligible to receive a voucher to
attend private school.
Latest Stats (2013-14)
- Students participating: 282
- Schools participating: 33
- Average voucher value: $7,831 (2012-13)
The voucher is worth the state and local dollars spent on the child in his or her public school or the
chosen private school’s tuition and fees, whichever is less. The child’s resident school district can keep
up to 5 percent of the funds for administrative purposes.
Any student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in effect and who either spent the prior year
attending an Oklahoma public school or is the child of an active-duty member of the armed forces
who has been stationed in Oklahoma is eligible. After receiving a voucher, the child will continue to
qualify each year through high school graduation or until such time as the child would return to a
On November 20, 2012, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma dismissed the Jenks Public Schools system’s
lawsuit against parents using Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships on procedural grounds, stating the
school districts do not have standing as Oklahoma taxpayers to sue under the state’s constitution. Ind.
Sch. Dist. No. 5 of Tulsa Co. v. Spry, 2012 OK 98, 292 P.3d 19 (2012).
In October 2013, 12 plaintiffs renewed the legal challenge by suing the state as individual taxpayers. No
action has been taken by the Oklahoma courts to date. Complaint, Okla. Co. Dist. Ct., CV 2013-2072 (Oct.
Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Yes
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: Conditional
• Testing Mandates: None
Okla. Stat. §§ 70-13-101.1-01.2
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How to apply: http://ok.gov/sde/lindsey-nicole-henry-lnh-scholarship-program-children-disabilities