MISSISSIPPI

The Mississippi Federation for Children seeks to empower families, especially lower-income families, with the freedom to choose the best K-12 education for their children. We are a project of the American Federation for Children.

MISSISSIPPI’S SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS:

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Special Needs Voucher Program - Speech-Language Impairment

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

Students must:

  • Be entering grades K-6.

  • Be evaluated and determined to be eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for a speech-language impairment.

  • Have previously attended a public school or an accredited school that emphasizes instruction in speech-language therapy and intervention.

Special Needs Voucher Program - Dyslexia

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

Students must:

  • Be diagnosed with dyslexia by a licensed psychologist, psychometrist, or speech-language pathologist.

  • Have been accepted for admission to a state-accredited special-purpose nonpublic school.

  • Have parents that submitted a completed Dyslexia Therapy Program / Scholarship Application packet to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) for the upcoming school year that includes proof of enrollment and verification of acceptance.

  • Have been enrolled in a public school during the previous school year at the time that average daily attendance (ADA) was determined for the public school systems or attended a previously approved participating special-purpose nonpublic school.

Special Needs Education Savings Account

PARENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Parent must sign an agreement promising to: 
    • Provide an organized, appropriate educational program with measurable annual goals. 
    • Document his or her participating student’s disability – Not enroll his or her participating student in a public school and not participate in the state’s Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship or the Speech-Language Therapy Scholarship or a homeschool program. 
    • Acknowledge as part of the agreement that the participating student has no individual entitlement to a free appropriate public education from his or her home school district, including special education and related services, for as long as the student is participating in the program.

  • Parents must use program funds only for authorized purposes.

  • Every three years after initial enrollment in the program, a parent of a participating student must document that the student continues to be identified by the school district, a federal or state government agency, or a licensed physician or psychometrist as a child with a disability as defined by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. §1401(3)).

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