OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican legislative leaders say neither the House nor the Senate will take up voucher legislation that would allow public money to be spent on Oklahoma students who attend private schools.
House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman say lawmakers will not be asked to consider Education Savings Account bills pending in each of the chambers on Thursday, the deadline for measure to be heard in their house of origin. They say lawmakers will continue working on the issue and try to build consensus.
Hickman says lawmakers want to give Oklahoma school children more education opportunities to improve student outcomes without harming public schools. But fiscal impact studies indicate the measures would deprive public schools of millions of dollars.
House Bill 2949: https://bit.ly/1Ma8pXw
Senate Bill 609: https://bit.ly/1pjdDf9
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