Oklahoma Lawmakers Unveil Education Savings Account Act
OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation that would provide education options to families across Oklahoma was unveiled today at a press conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Under House Bill 3398, by state Reps. Jason Nelson and Tom Newell, low-income public school students would be able to receive a portion of the state aid dedicated to their education and use it to expand their education options.
“This is an exciting and timely proposal that will help address one of our state’s most pressing and challenging problems – the effects of poverty on our families,” said Nelson, R-Oklahoma City.
“If you are a parent who has the means to pay for education alternatives, you have true freedom over how your child is educated,” said Newell, R-Seminole.
“If you have a lower income, your options are more limited. This legislation is about expanding those options for low-income families.”
The education savings account money could be used for tutoring, virtual school, higher education courses and private schools, Nelson said.