Gov. Brad Henry has signed legislation to create publicly funded scholarships for children with autism or other disabilities.
The measure is among more than 50 bills the governor signed into law Tuesday.
The bill's author, Rep. Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City, has said it will give the parents of students with disabilities such as autism or Down syndrome more education options.
The bill would qualify disabled students with an individualized education program for a scholarship to attend any public or private school that meets state accreditation requirements.
The scholarships would consist of state funds already dedicated to meeting the child's educational needs. Opponents described the bill as a voucher program that will divert scarce resources away from public schools.