podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Oklahoma state Rep. Ryan Martinez on growth of education choice in Sooner State

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On this episode, Tuthill talks to the District 39 representative from Edmond, Oklahoma, about education choice in that state and the recent legislative expansion that will allow thousands of additional families access to an Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship.

Martinez’s support of choice is personal. He believes it helped save his life and enabled him to be the first member of his family to graduate from college.

He discusses with Tuthill how Oklahoma’s education choice system benefits public and private schools alike and shares plans for future choice expansion, including the potential for an education savings account program.

“There’s an adversarial relationship that if you’re for education choice then you hate public schools. That’s not the case at all … I want to do everything I can to make sure we have a robust public education system … This is good for public and private education.”

EPISODE DETAILS:

  • Oklahoma’s recent legislative session and expansion of the state’s scholarship program
  • The benefits of choice in Oklahoma for both public and private schools
  • The tax credit system in Oklahoma and how the program can be improved
  • The state’s efforts to achieve greater bipartisan and rural support for education choice

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