Today the Mississippi state legislature passed an Education Savings Account (ESA) bill which will allow parents there to customize the education of special needs children. Each chamber now must review the other’s version of the bill for final votes and presentation to the governor.
“Mississippi is on the verge of breaking down a major barrier and empowering parents who deserve every available option for their children,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel to the American Federation for Children. “As we’ve witnessed in Arizona, ESAs can transform the lives of children, especially children who need unique attention for their special needs.”
Arizona was the first state to create an ESA program. Legislation has been introduced in Oregon’s February legislative session that would create an ESA program for special needs, foster, and low-income children here.
Anita is the mother of two special needs children. In the video below, she tells the story of how Arizona’s ESA program made her autistic seven-year-old love going to school.
Shouldn’t Oregon’s “Anitas” be able to give their children the same opportunities?