OKLAHOMA CITY (March 27, 2012) – Brandon Dutcher, vice president for policy at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), released the following statement today after the ruling against the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program for Children with Disabilities:
"The fact that the government can use taxpayer dollars to sue law-abiding citizens — especially the parents of special-needs children — is nothing short of appalling, and should be of great concern to all Oklahomans.
"At a time when educational freedom is advancing in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S., this temporary setback is disappointing. The research continues to show that school choice improves public schools and saves taxpayers money — all while rescuing the children who need it most. Given that track record, a minor setback like today’s isn’t going to thwart the continued march toward educational freedom."
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