By Janelle Stecklein
Oklahoma Voice 

Opinion: Before boosting the budget for private school tax credits, Oklahomans need proof they work

 

December 31, 2023



Just a few weeks after launch, plenty of questions remain about whether the private school tax credit program is doing what GOP lawmakers promised. Does it really help families of modest means afford private school?

Oklahoma Voice reporter Carmen Forman reported that about 18,000 Oklahomans had submitted over 29,000 applications for tax credits that range from $5,000 to $7,500. The program has no income restrictions, though families that make less are supposed to get priority access. Funding is capped at $150 million the first year.

About 32,000 children attend private schools, and over 150...



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