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Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Oklahoma - Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

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)

Program Details

Student Funding
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.

Student Eligibility
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 public school.

Legal Developments
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. 1, 2013).

Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Yes
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: Conditional
• Testing Mandates: None

Governing Statutes
Okla. Stat. §§ 70-13-101.1-01.2

Friedman Contact
Robbie Rhinesmith | robbie@edchoice.org

Related Research

5/30/2014 Public Rules on Private Schools: Measuring the Regulatory Impact of State Statutes and School Choice Programs
1/28/2014 Oklahoma K-12 and School Choice Survey
6/15/2011 The Fiscal Impact of Tax-Credit Scholarships in Oklahoma
7/21/2010 Reforms With Results: What Oklahoma can learn from Florida’s K-12 education revolution
7/21/2010 Reforms With Results: What Oklahoma can learn from Florida’s K-12 education revolution

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