Kristina Arriaga: Oklahoma Supreme Court needs to side with embattled children

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The Oklahoman, March 6, 2015

For the third time in four years, Oklahomans Stephanie and Russell Spry, along with a group of nine other parents of disabled children, are back in court fighting to protect their children’s access to a state scholarship program created precisely for children with disabilities.

In early 2011, a number of these students and their parents, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, sued the school districts for refusing to issue scholarships. Later that year, the Legislature allowed the Department of Education to issue the scholarships directly. Thinking the matter had been resolved, the parents dismissed their lawsuit.