Oklahoma: Legislature OK's bill to send public money to private schools

The Senate sent Gov. Brad Henry a bill on Wednesday that would allow public dollars to follow students with disabilities to private school.

House Bill 3393, by Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, passed the Senate by a vote of 25-22.

While supporters called it a scholarship bill, critics charged that it is a voucher bill that would hurt public education.

Anderson said in the neighborhood of $7,500 a year would follow a child with autism to a private school. The state uses a weighted formula to determine how much each school receives to educate a student.