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.
- BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
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 otherwise:
(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