The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

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

School Choice in Oklahoma

Summary

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

Constitutionality

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.

–Quote from the Institute for Justice (April 2007)

School Choice Programs

Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarships

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... Read More

Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Enacted 2010 • Launched 2010

Any Oklahoma student with special needs currently in public school is eligible to receive a voucher to attend private school. Read More

Research

Oklahoma K-12 and School Choice Survey

1/28/2014

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... Read More

The Fiscal Impact of Tax-Credit Scholarships in Oklahoma

6/15/2011

This study seeks to provide outcomes-based information on Oklahoma’s proposal to give tax credits for contributing to organizations that provide scholarships to K-12 private schools. The study constructs a model to determine the fiscal impact of... Read More

Reforms With Results: What Oklahoma can learn from Florida’s K-12 education revolution

7/21/2010

Florida lawmakers began a comprehensive education reform effort in 1999 combining accountability, transparency, and parental choice with other far-reaching changes. In March 2010, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released new... Read More

Reforms With Results: What Oklahoma can learn from Florida’s K-12 education revolution

7/21/2010

Florida lawmakers began a comprehensive education reform effort in 1999 combining accountability, transparency, and parental choice with other far-reaching changes. In March 2010, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released new... Read More

The Fiscal Impact of Tax-Credit Scholarships in Oklahoma

6/30/2009

Parents of students with disabilities face perhaps the greatest challenges in finding the best education for their child. Any student identified as needing special education is guaranteed to receive a “free and appropriate public education”... Read More

 

News

4/15/2014 Breaking the ice for a growing school choice plan to bloom
2/6/2014 Tulsa World | Education service accounts put parents in charge
10/10/2013 City Sentinel | Americans choose school choice, as the future rushes in
8/15/2013 Sharing your story in “The ABCs” can be as easy as one, two, three
3/27/2013 President's Comments: Milton Friedman’s Advice for Crafting School Choice Policies
11/20/2012 School Vouchers Survive Legal Fight in Oklahoma, Face Hearing in Indiana
5/10/2012 Hiner and Ford | Moms Believe in Vouchers
11/3/2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Georgia Can Return to Leading Role in Giving Students Choices
11/1/2011 Bixby Bulletin | Dollars to the Classroom Looked at by Lawmakers
9/30/2011 2011’s New School Choice Programs
8/3/2011 EducationNext | No Matter How You Ask the Question
8/2/2011 AP | School Voucher Bills Flood GOP-led Statehouses
7/30/2011 Enlow | Friedman's Dream Unleashed
7/5/2011 Wall Street Journal | The Year of School Choice
6/22/2011 Reed | Vouchers Improve Public Schools
5/16/2011 Oklahoma Education Scholarship Act Becomes Law
5/6/2011 Oklahoma Legislature Sends Education Scholarship Act to Governor’s Desk
4/29/2011 Enlow | School Choice: Alive and Well
4/28/2011 Washington Times | States Leaving Feds Behind on School Reforms
4/26/2011 Oklahoma House Passes School Choice Program with Broad Student Eligibility
2/28/2011 Why 2011 will be a Year of Growth for School Choice
2/19/2011 Ladner | Parents should have option to choose nontraditional schools
2/6/2011 National Review | The Education Ex-Governor
1/26/2011 CapitolBeatOK | Superintendent Janet Barresi deems NAEP results a call to action
7/28/2010 Ladner | Oklahoma making strides in education reform
7/21/2010 Oklahoma academic performance suffers without widespread reform
6/17/2010 Special-needs scholarships advance in Oklahoma and will reach governor’s desk
6/8/2010 Oklahoma Governor Henry Signs Special-needs Scholarships
2/16/2010 Reading and writing, but mostly arithmetic
7/7/2009 Special needs: Tax credit program is worth a look
6/30/2009 Special-Needs Tax Credit Program Proposed
4/15/2009 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: school choice in Obama's America and our Oklahoma
11/4/2008 OEA Initiative Petition