Senator Sean Burrage
Co-Chairman of Senate Committee on Rules
Senate District 2
Rogers and Mayes Counties
For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2008
Sen. Sean Burrage
Automatic Academic Transfers For Students
Approved by Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee approved legislation Monday that
allows students with disabilities to receive an automatic special
education transfer after they have been granted school transfers
for three consecutive years. The transfer will become permanent
and automatically renew each year.
House Bill 2518, authored by State Senator Sean
Burrage, D-Claremore, and Rep. Ben Sherrer, D-Chouteau, now
goes to the full Senate for approval.
“These transfers are currently subject to approval each year
and I feel that it is especially important for these children to
have stability from year to year. We have a responsibility to give
all Oklahoma children an opportunity to succeed. This will help
ensure the security that is needed to for these students to thrive
academically and reach their true potential,” Burrage said.
“Research shows us that continuity helps special needs students
grow and flourish.”
Sherrer said there have been situations in which a child has been
granted a special education transfer for several years and then
the receiving district denied the renewal of the transfer.
“In these situations, it caused a great deal of upheaval
and difficulty for the child who had to change schools, teachers,
classmates, and surroundings after having been there for many years,”
Burrage said the bill would provide for the automatic renewal
of transfers after the third year and would also require the student’s
resident school district to continue tuition payment to the school
that the student transferred to.
For more information contact:
Senator Burrage's Office: (405) 521-5555