Judge Rules Against Scholarship for Disabled Students

An Oklahoma judge ruled a part of a law that provided scholarships for disabled students to attend private schools is unconstitutional.

The Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship program allows parents of children with disabilities to obtain scholarship money from local school districts to attend a private school of their choice.

The judge ruled today that the funds cannot be used to send students to religiously-affiliated schools.

Attorney General Pruitt says he plans to appeal the ruling.

"This scholarship program empowers parents of children with disabilities to obtain scholarship monies from the local school district to fund their child's enrollment and attendance in a private school of their choosing," Attorney General Pruitt said in a press release.

"Prohibiting the use of Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship funds from being used to send students with disabilities to religiously affiliated schools would require the state to discriminate against those schools. That is highly troublesome and why we will appeal the ruling."

The judge stayed the ruling pending the outcome of any appeals.

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