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Lawmakers expand private school dyslexia aid to 12th grade

JACKSON, MS (AP) -

Students receiving state money to attend private schools because of dyslexia could stay through 12th grade under a bill Mississippi lawmakers have passed.

The House and Senate sent House Bill 1046 to Gov. Phil Bryant Wednesday for his approval or veto.

Under the current program, students can only get state money to attend through sixth grade a handful of special private schools for children with learning disabilities that are accredited by the state.

Lawmakers had considered expanding the program to allow students to attend more private schools, and to take state aid to schools located outside Mississippi. But House and Senate negotiators stripped those provisions out while settling on the final bill.

Earlier this month, the Mississippi Department of Education said 160 children statewide currently get the aid.

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