OPINION: Opportunity Scholarships Help Students
From The Edmond Sun in Oklahoma:
OKLA. CITY — Oklahoma started a journey recently toward giving parents more and better choices for where they send their children to school.
Senate Bill 969 — the Opportunity Scholarship Act — took effect just before the Labor Day Holiday. Now, businesses and individuals making contributions to scholarship-granting organizations can receive a 50 percent state income tax credit. And families earning less than 300 percent of the requirement for the federal free and reduced lunch program or whose children attend under-performing schools can receive scholarships to move their child to a private school of their choice. Special needs children can access higher levels of funding.
A child’s education will no longer be decided by a parent’s income or a ZIP code.
The bill also benefits rural schools in Oklahoma. Those with plans for innovative education programs can apply for grants under the new legislation.