Monday, August 30, 2010
Under House Bill 3393, children with disabilities who have an individualized education program (IEP) qualify for a scholarship to attend any private school that meets the accreditation requirements of the State Board of Education.
The legislation, authored by state Rep. Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City) and state Sen. Patrick Anderson (R-Enid), had strong support from many families of children with autism.
The state Board of Education finalized the rules allowing implementation of the scholarship program on August 26, and parents can now contact their resident school district to apply for the program.
The scholarship program created through House Bill 3393 does not require new spending, but merely redirects existing state funds that are currently spent on the student.