While public school educators across #OklaEd celebrated the (probably temporary) defeat of vouchers, some “leaders” were crying in their Wheaties. Or perhaps wailing into the Interwebs…
Rick Cobb at OkEducationTruths examines what today’s events means and discusses one Representative who thinks that the tabling of two voucher bills was “a disgusting development” orchestrated by the “education establishment.”
No Vouchers for Now
Late this afternoon, Senate President Bingman and House Speaker Hickman announced jointly that the two voucher bills would not be heard today. In effect, this kills both bills for the remainder of this legislative session.
Not only are vouchers bad public policy; they are also a distraction from the serious work to which our Legislature needs to attend. When I visited the Capitol Tuesday, I talked to a few legislators and several assistants in their offices. Most are more worried about helping school districts with funding than with fringe issues such as this.
Well, maybe not this guy.
Read more about yesterday’s events below:
OKLAHOMA CITY — Two controversial education voucher bills were not considered by state lawmakers by Thursday’s deadline.
Left on the table as the deadline passed for legislation to get out of its chamber of origin were House Bill 2949 by Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, and Senate Bill 609, a holdover from last year by Sen. Clark Jolley.
The measures creating so-called education savings accounts would have allowed public dollars to follow students to private or religious schools.
One of the more controversial measures facing the state legislature is dead before lawmakers even had a chance to vote on it.
The Education Savings Account bills in the Senate and House of Representatives would have allowed parents to use a portion of the state dollars used for their child’s public school education to pay for private school tuition or home schooling. But the bills apparently didn’t have enough backing to even bother bringing it up for a vote.
Education voucher bills not heard in House or Senate
House Bill 2949 and Senate Bill 609 were not heard on the March 10 deadline. The bills would have created an Education Savings Account. Supporters say it will help kids struggling in public schools, but opponents say public schools desperately need those tax dollars.
Oklahoma lawmakers abandon school voucher plan
Lawmakers on Thursday abandoned attempts to have the state pick up part of the tab for parents who want to switch their children from public to private school.
Bills in the Oklahoma House and Senate for education savings accounts, also called school vouchers, will not be heard.