- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education will hold a scholarship lottery for special needs children.

The Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act of 2015 provides scholarships to parents of students with disabilities who want to remove their child from a public school to seek educational services elsewhere.

The law provides for 425 education scholarship accounts.

The education department says 250 already have gone to students returning from last school year, leaving 175 scholarships available.

Applications for the 2016-17 school year that have not been awarded will be included in the lottery.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/29CH892) the deadline to submit an application is July 19. The lottery will be held July 20.

The state will notify applicants of their status by July 25.

The scholarship amount has increased from $6,500 to $6,637.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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