The Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act is designed to give the parents of about 425 special needs students in Mississippi, $6,600 in state money for approved services outside the public education system like private schools or tutors.
Now, in its second year of existence, the program has seen significantly more enrollment this year. Jean Cook is a spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Education.
“So, last year 386 applications were approved, and of those, 157 used the accounts,” Cook says. “For the 2016-17 school year, the law provides for 425 ESA accounts and all 425 have been awarded.”