Oklahoma Governor Henry signs Special Needs Vouchers

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Oklahoma joined Maine, Vermont, Wisconsin, Ohio, Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Utah, Georgia, Iowa, Rhode Island, Louisiana and Indiana  in the states with private school choice programs when Governor Brad Henry signed the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Act.

Governor Henry became either the second, third or maybe fourth Democratic Governor to create a new private school choice law with his signature. I lost count after Janet Napolitano became the first in 2006. In past the past couple of weeks, Democrats have passed a major teacher quality bill in Colorado, lifted the charter school cap in New York and now signed a voucher bill into law.  The alliance between sincere progressives and K-12 reactionaries continues to bend if not yet break.

It is a fascinating time to be working in K-12 reform.

6 Responses to Oklahoma Governor Henry signs Special Needs Vouchers

  1. allen says:

    I don’t think things are anywhere near as fascinating as they’re likely to be when the immediate lesson implicit in vouchers and charters – the value of the school district – becomes inescapable.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Don’t forget there is a low-income eligible student portion of SB 1922 (300% of free & reduced lunch level) also along with a special needs eligible student category. Very interesting!

  3. Patrick says:

    You know Matt, I netflixed that movie. Not entertaining.

    No robots…

    But hey, that is good news for the Sooner Nation

  4. matthewladner says:


    Philistine! Blasphemer!

    Besides, Edward the Duke of York was in fact a robot. The clues were very subtle, but they were there if you pay close attention.

  5. Maximus says:

    Yes, Patrick… blasphemy.

    Matt – I thought Edward was a zombie, personally, but I often mix those up…

  6. matthewladner says:

    He looked like a double tapped zombie after Agincourt…

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