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.
Voucher Controversy as reported by Tulsa World
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