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In the News – Voucher Controversy

Panel luncheon debates special-needs scholarships

By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer
Published: 10/27/2011  2:23 AM
Last Modified: 10/27/2011  7:18 AM

JENKS – School vouchers for special-needs students take away limited resources from children who remain in public education, a group of Tulsa-area parents told legislators Wednesday.

“It infuriates me because it will hurt my family. I’m devastated that is an option,” said one parent, who said her developmentally delayed 5-year-old son is blossoming in Jenks Public Schools’ special education program.

Seven local lawmakers participated in a panel discussion coordinated by the Tulsa Area Parents Legislative Action Committee held at the Jenks Education Service Center.

Among the legislative panelists was Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, co-sponsor of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Act. The law provides taxpayer-funded scholarships so parents can send their disabled students to private schools.

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Voucher Controversy as reported by Tulsa World


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