Several school districts in Oklahoma are flatly refusing to comply with a new state law offering school vouchers to parents of children with disabilities.
The Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Act makes available to thousands of disabled students with an individualized education program a scholarship of up to $7,500 to attend any public or private school that meets state accreditation standards. Oklahoma’s legislature passed House Bill 3393 in May, and Gov. Brad Henry (D) signed the bill into law on June 8. Reformers hailed the law as a victory not just for school choice but for kids with special needs who are often poorly served by their local public schools.
But at least four districts decided the law is unconstitutional and they’re simply not going to follow it. Besides, all of those extra special education dollars are nothing to sneeze at.