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Last week, Senate Bill 2695, the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act, passed the House of Representatives with a strong bi-partisan majority. You can find a roll call of the vote here.

Individual calls and e-mails made a huge impact on the final vote and we thank everyone for their efforts.

SB 2695 now sits in the the Senate where the chamber can either vote to concur(accept the House changes), which would send the bill to the Governor, or invite conference. The deadline for action is March 26, one week from today.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, has been a major champion of this legislation. We thank him for his support and leadership on this issue over the past two years. Earlier in the session, the bill passed the Senate by a 27-21 vote.

The House made a few substantive changes, but those changes do not compromise the integrity of the program, so we remain enthusiastically in support of the bill. We fully support concurrence, which would send the bill directly to the Governor, who has vowed to sign it.

We will continue to track this legislation as it makes its way through the final steps of the process.

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