Education Scholarship Account (ESA) scholarships could soon be awarded to students with special needs if HB 1339, authored by Rep. Busby is adopted by legislators. The bill would redefine who can apply for the scholarships and where those education dollar will go.

House Bill 1339


SECTION 1. Section 37-181-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

37-181-1. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as “The Equal Opportunity for Mississippi Students * * * Act.”

SECTION 2. Section 37-181-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

The terms used in this chapter shall have the meanings 
ascribed herein, unless the context clearly indicates

(a) “Program” means a * * * program to implement the Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program created in this chapter.

        (b)  "Eligible student" means any student who is a
resident of the state and meets at least one (1) of the following:
        (i)  Was enrolled in and attended a Mississippi
public school during the prior academic year;
        (ii)  Is eligible to enroll in Kindergarten or
First Grade at a Mississippi primary public school;
        (iii)  Has had an active Individual Education
Program (IEP) within the past five (5) years;
         (iv)  Is a child of a parent who is a member of the
Armed Forces of the United States and who is on active duty or was killed in the line of duty;
         (v)  Is a child in the foster care system and who
is residing with a prospective permanent placement or who has
achieved permanency through adoption or permanent guardianship; or
         (vi)  Is the sibling of a current recipient of ESA
program funds.