Today, Empower Mississippi published a report that is the result of a study about the impacts that Special Needs Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program funds have had to incentivize private schools to serve those with special needs in the state of Mississippi.
Before passage of the Special Needs Education Scholarship Account (ESA) there were warnings that private schools don’t serve students with special needs and have no interest in school choice. That myth was quickly dispelled once the ESA program began. The Mississippi Department of Education reports that 80 private schools enrolled at least one student who was receiving the ESA during the previous school year, and this survey found that 70 percent of private schools serve students with special needs.
Then today (coincidentally), Executive Director of Empower MS Grant Callen was featured on a story about charter schools being a key portion of rebuilding devastated inner city schools in Louisiana.