Friday, February 10, 2012

Data Snapshot: Oklahoma

With the release of the Alliance for School Choice's School Choice Yearbook 2011-12 (available for download here), we'll spend the next few days on School Choice Now! highlighting some of the new data and research it contains.

Oklahoma expanded its special needs voucher program in 2011 and created the state’s first scholarship tax credit program for corporate and individual donors.

2011 Results

  • Number of School Choice Programs: 2
  • Total Number of Students: 160*
  • Total Number of Participating Schools: 40*
*Data only available for the voucher program, as the scholarship tax credit program has not yet begun.

Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program
This program was expanded in 2011 to require students to have an Individualized Education Plan to be in effect at the time of the scholarship request.  In addition, the program now waives the prior year public school attendance for military families.

2011-12 School Year Data Update
  • Scholarships Awarded: 160
  • Schools Participating: 40
  • 2011 Expenditures: $1,000,000
    Growth in Student Participation

Equal Opportunity Education Scholarships
Created in 2011, this corporate and individual scholarship tax credit program allows students from low-income families or children with special needs to receive a scholarship through an SGO to attend the school of their parents’ choice.  The program is set to begin in the 2012-13 school year

2012 Outlook
Corporations and individuals can begin donating to scholarship granting organizations to begin the Equal Opportunity Education Scholarships.

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG

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