MCC Submits Comments to Education Scholarship Regulations

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The Missouri Catholic Conference, along with the Missouri Chapter of the Council of American Private Education (MoCAPE), submitted comments this week to the state Treasurer’s office concerning regulations governing the education scholarship program passed last year by the Missouri General Assembly. The law, as passed, was intended to allow low-income students, as well as those with special needs, to be able to apply for a scholarship to attend private school. Unfortunately, the law as written requires special needs students to “have” an individual education plan (IEP), rather than just qualify for one. Special needs students currently attending private school do not typically have an IEP but do receive services paid for by public funds if they have been evaluated and qualify for such services. These students usually have an individual service plan (ISP), not an IEP. This technical difference will likely result in current private school students with special needs not qualifying for the scholarship program. The MCC pointed out this discrepancy and is hoping changes will be made to allow these students to participate in the program. The MCC’s comments can be read here.

April 1, 2022 - 9:09am
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