Oklahoma became the fifth state in the nation to offer a special needs scholarship program today.
Democrat Gov. Brad Henry signed the “Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Act into law today. The scholarship program is named after the governor’s infant daughter who died of Werdnig-Hoffman Disease.
Coming in the midst of the Race to the Top fiasco, passage of this bill indicates that school choice continues to attract the support of taxpayers and policymakers who believe these special children can overcome their disabilities and participate in the American dream.
Check out our new Special Needs portal on the Bluegrass Institute’s wiki here. This page also contains information to help parents of special needs children navigate the system and help fight for their children’s future.
Let the developments in Oklahoma be a loud clear message for Kentucky’s teachers unions and their political pals in Frankfort who have dug in against educational liberty for parents: It’s not a question of if we will have school choice. It’s only a matter of when.
In his recent gem of a column, “What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate,” Crane relates how he found a classic example of politicians’ failure to communicate with the citizenry in a video of Romanian tyrant Nicolae Ceausescu’s speech “to the teeming masses gathered in a square in Bucharest.
“Oblivious to the mood of the people, Ceausescu is at his bombastic, self-important best until he realizes that the chants from the crowd below are not praise, but something rather to the contrary.
“The look on his face: priceless.”
How many others will experience their own “Ceausescuean moment” this November?
- Who has a better understanding of economics? Hmm…
- BP is offering to compensate folks in the gulf for lost wages, profits, etc… Of course there is some paper work involved in this process. But don’t worry, the White House is thinking about sending the National Guard to help fill out that paperwork. Cool. Wait…what!?
- The Lexington Herald-Leader has published a fantastic database of state employee salaries…Check this out!
- Want to make a difference? Lend your knowledge.