Legislation that would expand the Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship has cleared the Education Committee. House Bill 1046 now awaits approval from the Appropriations Committee before heading to the full Senate.
The scholarships will be expanded to students through 12th grade. The program is currently only available through 6th grade. This will serve students who did not receive the appropriate dyslexia services when they were younger.
Accredited private schools will be allowed to accept the scholarships, provided they meet all the standards, including employing Mississippi licensed dyslexia therapists. The program currently requires schools to be accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education, which significantly limits the number of schools who can participate.
Students living in border counties will be allowed to use the scholarship in another state, if appropriate educational services are not available within thirty miles of the student’s home.
“Now is the time to make your voice heard on behalf of Mississippi families,” said Grant Callen with Empower Mississippi.
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