Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 10, 2006
Senator Ron Justice
Senate Approves Measure to Assist State's Deaf
and Hearing Impaired Students
The State Senate
unanimously approved a measure recently to give deaf
and hearing impaired students in Oklahoma better access
to specialized education. House Bill 1646 would modify
the Education Open Transfer Act to allow students to
transfer to school districts with specialized deaf education
programs at any time during the school year. The legislation
is authored by Chickasha republicans, Senator Ron
Justice and Representative Susan
"This is an important bill for our students with
special needs," said Justice. "Not all public
schools have the financial resources to provide such
specialized services. In that case, this measure will
allow those students to transfer to a school that does."
The legislation was originally introduced during the
2005 session by Justice and Winchester but was not able
to be heard in the Senate before the end of session.
"This bill simply gives families the option of
transferring their child to a specialized school, such
as Jane Brooks School for the Deaf in Chickasha, in
order to ensure that they get the best learning experience
possible," said Justice.
HB 1646 will now return to the House for consideration
of Senate amendments.
more information contact:
Senator Justice's Office - (405) 521-5537