Battle Over Special Needs Scholarships Heats Up
A long-running dispute over special education scholarships in Oklahoma may be headed for the courts.
Last year, Oklahoma established a special needs scholarship program to allow parents of students with disabilities to be reimbursed for tuition by their school district if they enroll their child in an approved private school.
A handful of school districts, however, refused to process applications for the program, because they said the scholarships are in violation of the state constitution.
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Now the Oklahoma attorney general has stepped into the fray. In letters to the superintendents of four school districts still refusing to participate in the program, the state’s top prosecutor said he would pursue legal action if the districts do not reverse course within days.
Meanwhile, the state legislator who initially pushed for the scholarships to be created is introducing a new measure which would cut the school districts out of the equation by placing responsibility for administering the scholarship program with the state Department of Education, reports the Tulsa World. To read more click here.