Mississippi Senate to keep private school money through 2024

Mississippi state senators support keeping public subsidies alive through 2024 for special education students who attend private schools.

Posted: Feb 14, 2019 2:09 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi state senators support keeping public subsidies alive through 2024 for special education students who attend private schools.

The Senate voted Thursday to approve Senate Bill 2675, which extends the current endpoint of the program from 2020. It moves to the House for more work.

Republican Sen. Chad McMahan of Guntown successfully added an amendment that would require any leftover money in the account to be sent to a public school if a student returned to a public school in the middle of the year.

The measure moved ahead despite jitters from some opponents that it could lead to a widening of the program. However, Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican who has supported making all students eligible, pledges that he won't attempt that.

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