Enacted 2012 • Launched 2012 • Voucher
Mississippi allows children with dyslexia to receive vouchers to attend private schools if their current
public schools cannot provide programs that help reading disorders. Participating accredited private
schools must be able to provide dyslexia therapy.
Latest Stats (2013)
- Students participating: 71
- Schools participating: 3
- Average voucher value: $4,530
The maximum voucher amount is equal to the “Mississippi Adequate Education Program” base
student cost, i.e., the funding amount provided by the state to public schools.
Students must be in first through sixth grade and have been screened properly and diagnosed
with dyslexia. Students are eligible if they attended a public school before or a private school that
“emphasizes instruction in dyslexia intervention.” The voucher is not available to fund homeschooling,
virtual schools, or students in juvenile detention schools.
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Conditional
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: Conditional ($5,104 for 2013-14)
• Testing Mandates: None
Miss. Code Ann. §§ 37-173-1 to 37-173-31
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Application information from the Mississippi Department of Education