In addition to his work for Heartland, Ben writes a weekly syndicated column for Scripps-Howard News Service and contributes regularly to The Sacramento Bee. His writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News, The Washington Times and the Arizona Republic, National Review Online, and elsewhere.
Ben graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. He lives in the Inland Empire of Southern California with his wife Millie, their two children, a cat, a tree frog, and an albino corn snake.
Latest posts by Ben Boychuk (see all)
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- H.L. Mencken on Snyder v. Phelps - March 3, 2011
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.