Oklahoma State Senate is one step closer to creating an ESA program in the state

Oklahoma City (Feb. 24, 2015) – Today the Oklahoma Federation for Children, a state affiliate of the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds the Oklahoma State Senate Finance Committee for passing SB 609 out of committee. This bill, also known as the Oklahoma Education Empowerment Act, seeks to create an innovative Empowerment Scholarship Account program in the state.
“This bill will empower parents with flexibility and most of all – help children receive the individualized education they deserve, using public or private schools, online courses, tutoring, or other education services,” said Jabar Shumate, state director at the Oklahoma Federation for Children. “I want to especially recognize the leadership of Sen. Clark Jolley for his authoring this bill and service as a leader in the parental choice movement.”
SB 609 gives parents the opportunity to use an Empowerment Savings Account to customize their child’s education to meet their child’s individual needs. At this time only Florida and Arizona offer this innovative form of school choice, though there is a race among a number of states to become the next to offer this program to parents.
A poll conducted by the Terrance Group in late 2014 of GOP voters found 64% of people favor the idea of Education Savings Account. Additionally, a national poll released by the American Federation for Children found nearly 70 percent of those surveyed support school choice.


The Oklahoma Federation for Children is chaired by Bob Sullivan of Tulsa and Russell Perry of Oklahoma City. The OK Federation for Children works to increase the array and quality of K-12 educational options available to Oklahoma’s children.

The Oklahoma Federation for Children is a state-based project of the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice.



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