Oklahoma has two private school choice programs (vouchers and tax-credit scholarships). The state also has a charter school law. Oklahoma enables public virtual schooling. Open enrollment exists, both for intradistrict and interdistrict public school choice.
Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools
Tax credit programs are the best school choice option for Oklahoma. Its Constitution contains a Blaine Amendment on which the Oklahoma Supreme Court premised its decision to strike down a private school transportation bill after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Everson upholding a transportation program in New Jersey under the Establishment Clause. This failure to distinguish between aiding students and aiding the schools they attend would probably foreclose voucher legislation.
Enacted 2011 • Launched 2013
Oklahoma provides tax credits for donations to Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs), nonprofits
that must spend a portion of their expenditures on private school scholarships for low-income students
in an amount equal to or greater than the...
Enacted 2010 • Launched 2010
Any Oklahoma student with special needs currently in public school is eligible to receive a voucher to
attend private school.
The “Oklahoma K-12 & School Choice Survey” project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI), measures Oklahoma registered voters’ familiarity and views on a range of...