Miss. Senate approves special education vouchers
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers are pushing forward proposals to give more than $6,000 in state money to the parent of any Mississippi special education student who wants to withdraw their child from their local public school district.
Senators passed Senate Bill 2325 Thursday on a 26-23 vote, while represenatives passed House Bill 765 on a 61-45 vote. The chambers will exchange bills for more work.
Supporters say too many public school districts are doing a poor job educating special education students, and parents need options including private school or home tutoring.
Opponents are wary vouchers could weaken public schools and be an opening wedge for a statewide voucher program.
Sen. Nancy Collins, a Tupelo Republican, promised senators she'll work to make the bill more acceptable, while similar pledges were made in the House.
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