JACKSON, MISS– One of the most debated bills of the 2015 Legislative Session has been signed into law.
The Equality Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act is a pilot program that will give 500 families with a student with special needs $6,500 to be used for academic enrichment for the child. That money can be used for tutoring, educational therapies, and private school tuition.
“This is the beginning of the future for your children,” says Governor Phil Bryant, “It won’t solve all the problems.. but it is a ray of hope for these children.”
Governor Bryant signed the bill into law surrounded by different children with special needs.
Former Florida governor and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush was in attendance. Governor Bryant credits him for helping push the movement for special needs education forward in Mississippi.
“They (the parents) should be empowered to be able to take care of their children,” says Bush, “to get the education for their children that allows them to rise up as well.”