OKLAHOMA CITY – Elevate Oklahoma’s Kids, a coalition of private and public school organizations, released the following statement in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s State of the State address. The group supports legislation to increase the tax credit cap for the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act.
“Governor Stitt is dedicated to improving education for all kids in Oklahoma, and we’re pleased to have his support in raising the tax credit cap for scholarship and grant donations,” said Rob Sellers, who represents the Elevate Oklahoma’s Kids coalition. “No child’s potential should be limited by ZIP code; whether students face learning disabilities, developmental disorders, bullying, substance abuse issues, financial limitations or homelessness, they deserve a chance to succeed. Increasing the cap will help thousands of students get the education they deserve, whether they attend a public or private school.”
“This effort is about helping all kids at all schools throughout the state, not just those born into certain circumstances,” he said.
Philip Abode, executive director of Crossover Preparatory Academy, said raising the tax credit cap will benefit students across the state.
“The governor’s speech highlighted two promising students who would miss out on our school’s strong foundation for life without scholarships funded by generous Oklahomans,” Abode said. “Raising the cap on tax credits for donations is the most important thing legislators can do to help more families afford schools like Crossover Prep and provide more opportunities for young people to excel.”
Elevate Oklahoma’s Kids supports Gov. Stitt’s call to raise the tax credit cap on donations to scholarship granting organizations (SGOs) and education improvement grant organizations (EIGOs).
About Elevate Oklahoma’s Kids
Elevate Oklahoma’s Kids is a coalition which includes scholarship granting organizations (SGOs) and education improvement grant organizations (EIGOs) fighting to improve education for all kids in Oklahoma, along with groups working to provide the best educational experience for Oklahoma families. SGOs and EIGOs, which are registered as 501(c)(3) nonprofits approved by the secretary of state, Internal Revenue Service and Oklahoma Tax Commission, provide funds to accredited schools, which then distribute scholarships to deserving low-income families and innovative curriculum grants to rural and certain suburban public schools. Learn more at www.elevateokkids.com.