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In Case You Missed It: Senator Nancy Collins calls for customized education for special needs students in Mississippi at #EIE14

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“The injustice that was caused should not be forgotten.”

At ExcelinEd’s 2014 National Summit on Education Reform, Senator Nancy Collins stressed the critical need for educational options for special needs students in Mississippi. During the Summit, Senator Collins shared a story about Ericka, a deaf and blind Mississippi student who spent 15 years in the public school system without receiving the education she needed to be a successful learner. Senator Collins stressed, “All of us want an education system that’s flourishing for all of our children…to have an adequate education that’s going to help them succeed.”

This injustice is at the heart of new legislation spearheaded by Senator Collins and Mississippi Representative Carolyn Crawford, The Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act (HB 394).ESAs in Mississippi would allow families to customize their child’s education by directing funds to schools, courses, programs and services of their choosing that meet the specific needs of their child. According to Senator Collins, “I believe that when we use every tool we can for our most vulnerable children to succeed…we will succeed in turning this around.”  “Providing an option like ESAs would save both parents and school districts money and time.”

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