Thursday, December 16, 2010

Owasso school district reverses, will now comply with Lindsey's Law

Tonight the Owasso school board took less than 2 minutes to reverse its decision from last October to not comply with Lindsey's law which provides scholarships to special education students to enable them to attend a private school of their choosing. The district will begin complying with the requirements of the new program that was created by HB 3393 earlier this year.

This is good news for parents who have already placed their children in private schools pursuant to the law in good faith months ago.

Just a few days ago a local Owasso attorney began a writ of ouster procedure against the Owasso school board members for failing to perform their duties according to the law.

During the superintendent's brief comments, he indicated his willingness to work with me and the Legislature to address concerns he has with the program.

I have repeatedly told concerned superintendents since last session that I am willing to sit down and work with them to identify and correct any infirmities with the new law. This summer I held two interim study meetings for this very purpose.

I am thankful that Owasso Public schools is finally willing to sit down and work out any disagreements in a rational and proper way.

The Owasso school board meeting this evening was covered by Tulsa news stations 2 and 6.

Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, and I were both in attendance at today's board meeting.

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