Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release:
May 26, 2006
Senator Ron Justice
Open Transfer for State's Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students Passes
Oklahoma’s deaf and hearing impaired students
are one step closer to having better access to specialized education.
The State Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1646 Thursday authored
by Chickasha Republicans Senator Ron Justice and House Speaker Pro
Tempore Susan Winchester.
“This is an important bill for our students with special needs
because it will modify the Education Open Transfer Act to allow
them to transfer to school districts with specialized deaf education
programs at any time during the school year,” said Justice.
"These are expensive programs to offer and many public schools
just can’t afford them, but these students shouldn’t
suffer because of that. Every student deserves to have access to
the best education possible and this measure will give them that
Under the Open Transfer Act, a parent or guardian must apply for
a transfer by the February 1 deadline in order to be eligible to
attend a new school the following school year. HB 1646 makes an
exception for students with special hearing needs so that they can
transfer at any time during a school year.
“The Jane Brooks School in Chickasha asked for help for families
facing this situation. It is really important that parents have
the opportunity to do what’s best for their children, no matter
what time of year,” Winchester said.
The measure is now awaiting approval by the Governor.
For more information, contact:
Senator Justice's Office: (405) 521-5537