House passes special-needs voucher bill

House members on Wednesday approved a pilot program providing up to $6,500 annually to children with special needs who leave public schools for educational services elsewhere.

Despite objections from mostly Democratic lawmakers and heavy opposition from The Parents’ Campaign, the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act passed the floor by a vote of 65-51.

“This thing is a long way from the governor,” said House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon said about Senate Bill 2695 after nearly an hour of debate.

Clarion Ledger
3/11/15