Bill triggered by voucher fight passes

By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Published: 3/6/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill triggered by two Tulsa school districts’ resistance to a state voucher program passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives 55-37 Wednesday morning.

House Bill 2160 by Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, would require districts to pay the legal expenses of parents sued unsuccessfully by the districts.

The bill stems from a fight over the controversial Lindsey Nicole Henry program, which allows students with developmental disabilities to enroll in private schools at state expense. Jenks and Union districts fought the program on constitutional grounds and sued the parents of several such students after the parents sued the districts for not following the law.

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