January 10, 2018
Governor Phil Bryant kicked off Mississippi’s 2018 Legislative Session yesterday with a State of the State address that focused heavily on the need to increase educational opportunities for families.
In his address, Gov. Bryant implored leaders to support legislation that would significantly expand to additional families the state’s Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program for students with special needs.
“This session, we must expand school choice for certain categories of children, offering special needs scholarships to even more students. I continue to believe parents should have the freedom to use their tax dollars to send their child to the school of their choice, not one decided by the government.”
Governor Phil Bryant, Mississippi
Mississippi policy leaders have also recently called on legislative leaders to expand the state’s Education Scholarship Account program for students with special needs to the majority of families in the state. ESAs provide an alternative to the one-size-fits-all approach of public education that is keeping many students from realizing their full potential.
Through an ESA program, parents can sign up to have their child’s education funding deposited into an account that they can use to pay for tutoring, special education services, curriculum, dual enrollment, private school tuition, online courses and other state-authorized uses.
I hope you will join the growing chorus of education advocates who support the expansion of a program that empowers families and gives each and every child access to a quality education.