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Mississippi - Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program

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

Program Details

Student Funding
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.

Student Eligibility
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.

Legal Developments
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

Governing Statutes
Miss. Code Ann. §§ 37-173-1 to 37-173-31

Friedman Contact
Stephanie Linn | stephanie@edchoice.org

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