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Mississippi – Nate Rogers Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program


Mississippi – Nate Rogers Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program

The Nate Rogers Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program was enacted and launched in 2013. It is the nation’s only voucher program designed for students with speech-language therapy needs. Students with qualifying special needs can apply for a voucher to help them attend a private school that offers speech-language therapy. Learn more about the program, including funding and eligibility here.

Program Fast Facts

  • America’s only voucher program for students with speech therapy needs

  • 1 participating student (2015–16)

  • 3 percent of students eligible statewide

  • 1 participating school (2015–16)

  • Average voucher value: $3,556 (2015–16)

  • Value as a percentage of public school per-student spending: 44 percent

Program Details

Mississippi’s Nate Rogers Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program Participation

Students Participating
School Year Ending

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Mississippi allows children with speech-language impairments to receive vouchers to attend private schools that provide speech-language therapy.

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 grades K–6 and have been screened properly and diagnosed with speech-language impairment. Students are eligible if, during the previous school year, they attended a public or state-accredited special-purpose school that “emphasizes instruction in speech-language therapy and intervention.” The voucher is not available to fund homeschooling, virtual schools, or students in juvenile detention centers.

Rules and Regulations

  • Income Limit: None
  • Prior Year Public School Requirement: Conditional
  • Geographic Limit: Statewide
  • Enrollment Cap: None
  • Voucher Cap: $5,140
  • Testing Mandates: None
  • *Limited to students with special needs
  • School Requirements:
    • Be approved as a state-accredited nonpublic special-purpose school that is organized to provide, and emphasizes instruction in, speech-language therapy and intervention as the primary purpose of the school
    • Provide comprehensive speech-language therapy instruction delivered by speech-language pathologists licensed by the state department of education and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    • Annually provide the parents of voucher students a written explanation of the student’s progress
    • Conduct criminal background checks on employees
    • Allow for an annual audit of its financial records by the state auditor and file a copy of the audit report and accompanying management letter with the state board of education

Governing Statutes

Miss. Code Ann. §§ 37-175-1 through 29

Legal History

No legal challenges have been filed against the program.

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