Many voucher recipients return to public schools

JACKSON – More than one-fourth of the students who received special education vouchers of $6,500 per year to pursue private education options have opted to return to public schools, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright told members of the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

The Education Committee met Wednesday – the second day of the legislative session – to be updated on education issues.

Wright told the panel that during the summer all available 425 scholarship slots were awarded, but that 274 students are receiving the funds while 109 have re-enrolled in the public schools and 10 have either moved or dropped out of school. She said the state Department of Education is trying to determine why the other students awarded the scholarships are not requesting the funds.

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