Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bill for children with special needs passes

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement:


JACKSON – Legislation providing more educational opportunity for students with special needs passed the Senate today, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. 

Senate Bill 2695 allows scholarships for students with disabilities to attend any school that best fits their needs. The bill is part of Lt. Gov. Reeves’ legislative agenda. 

“Today, Mississippi became the third state in the nation to empower the parents of students with special needs, providing them with a broad array of educational choices,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “For two years, we fought to give these students an opportunity at an education that best fits their needs. I congratulate the parents and students who worked so hard to pass this important next step in Mississippi’s education reform efforts.”

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, would allow parents to use state funds as a scholarship to attend a school that best addresses their child’s needs. Many Mississippi schools have struggled to meet the academic needs of students with disabilities. Currently, slightly more than 20 percent of special needs students graduate from high school.

“Too many students with disabilities are trapped in schools that are not meeting their needs,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “Their parents deserve the chance to customize education to their child when their school is not working for them.”


Anonymous said...

Yippee. Now every family in a bad school district will be claiming a disability and knocking on the door of Madison Central. Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

It's about time. 12:45-read the bill. That's not how this works.

Anonymous said...

I did. I live in a "bad" district. I claim to have a learning disability. I get to go to Prep using tax money. Not that complicated.

Anonymous said...

Madison problems. THE only great school district in the state.

Anonymous said...


When you're bordered by county line(jackson encroachment), Flora, and Canton, thats a real fear.

Anonymous said...

how are the first 500 students picked? what is considered "special needs"? I did not see this addressed on

Anonymous said...

Several people on here really want to leave a bad taste in people's mouth regarding Madison. Apparently, you are not aware that there are public schools in the area (i.e. Clinton Northwest Rankin, Germantown) that are better than Madison Central.

Anonymous said...

never mind I found the answers online

Anonymous said...

This is a good thing, certainly a breath of fresh air after listening to the "throw more money at it" crowd.

Anonymous said...

"here are public schools in the area (i.e. Clinton Northwest Rankin, Germantown) that are better than Madison Central. "

That must be real recent. Previously the only competition Madison County had for quality schools was DeSoto County. The ones you mentioned are very close behind, but I've seen nothing that says they are better.

Anonymous said...

There are student teacher ratios. Residents get first pick as they actually live there...sorry that's how it's gonna work. As far as going to Prep, that's a dream. Not to worry about that either.

Anonymous said...

correction...Madison has whiter schools than Clinton, but no where near the ratings or test scores. As for NWR, they are by far the whitest and the lowest scoring outside of JPS.

Spots A Gump said...

What the hell has this got to do with 'whitest', 10:12? You're an agitator and a goober. Did I mention you're a gump?

Anonymous said...

I HAD a child with a SEVERS learning disability in Madison County. I was told they did not care what they did with my child he would never read. I pulled him out that day, got him the help his needed. At OUR expense, he has had YEARS of dyslexia therapy, works with a tutor, and gets accommodations in a very well respected private school. He makes mostly B's and works very hard. Had I left him in public he would not even be on a diploma track. Madison is GREAT for really smart kids with no issues. I would never recommend that any one go there if you have a child with special needs!

Anonymous said...

7:11, a Rankin county person, likely white, that is sensitive and under educated.

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