What does the law say about homeschooling in Oklahoma?
The Oklahoma Compulsory Education law says that if your child is between the ages of 5 and eighteen, then you must send your child to a public, private, or other school, “unless other means of education are provided for the full term the schools of the district are in session.” The Oklahoma Supreme Court has held that, if a child is taught by his parents at home, that can satisfy the requirement of “other means of education.” You do not have to register with the school district, use certain curricula, use certified teachers, or require your child to take any tests. Schools are required to be in session for 180 days.
What is the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship?
Under the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program, if you have a child with disabilities, the state will pay part or all of the tuition for you to send your child to a private school of your choice. For your child to be eligible for a scholarship, the following conditions must be met:
- The private school must be approved by the state for participation in the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program. See a list of approved private schools here.
- Your child must have been accepted to the private school before you apply for a scholarship.
- Your child must have “spent the prior school year in attendance” at a public school in Oklahoma, before you apply for the scholarship for the first time. (After your child receives the scholarship for the first year, you may renew the scholarship annually.) In other words, if you first apply for a scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year, your child must have “spent” the 2012-2013 school year in attendance at a public school in Oklahoma. A child is considered to have “spent” the school year in attendance if the child was enrolled in, and reported by, the school district for funding purposes that year. (If you or your spouse is an active duty member of the Armed Forces, and you have been transferred from out of state, this requirement is waived.)
- Your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) must be currently in effect when you apply for a scholarship.
- You must apply for the scholarship before December 1 of the year the scholarship is requested. (That is, if you apply for a scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year, you must apply by December 1, 2013.)
Once your child receives the scholarship, you may continue to reapply for the scholarship each year, until the child
- returns to a public school,
- graduates from high school, or
- reaches the age of 22, whichever occurs first.
When you reapply, you must reapply by December 1 of each year. Click here for more information on the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program.
Recently, a number of public school districts challenged the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program in court. The school districts argued that the scholarship was unconstitutional. The Oklahoma Supreme Court dismissed the case; this means that the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program will remain in effect.
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