Oklahoma State Supreme Court sides with special needs students, upholds constitutionality of state special needs voucher program

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, praises the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s special needs voucher program, the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program, which has been serving special needs students since 2010.

“Today, we applaud the Oklahoma State Supreme Court for ruling in favor of parents and children,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “Every child, especially those with special needs, deserves access to a quality education that is tailored to their needs. While we have seen litigation as a means to harm school choice throughout the country, this is just another example of how the tactic is failing.”

“Today’s opinion further affirms the need to expand school choice in the Sooner State. We applaud recent action to enact an education savings account program that will empower more parents with the ability to utilize their right to school choice.”

In 2014, the students who rely on the program to meet their educational needs were dealt a setback when a lower court ruled the program unconstitutional. In 2015, the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program provided nearly 400 students with disabilities the ability to use their existing education tax dollars to obtain access to a school that better suited their unique and special needs.

The full decision from the court can be found here: bit.ly/1Tmxkx3.

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American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.