State program created for special needs students has failed to help a single one
In 2013, lawmakers created a way to help kids with autism and other conditions who need special education: a fund meant to help them go to private schools that were well-equipped to meet their needs.
It never got off the ground.
Now, a new effort is underway to revamp the program, but even if it’s successful, many Missouri residents will likely be left out.
The 2013 law was passed to assist students with autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia and Angelman syndrome by providing an alternative to public education. The state would grant scholarships to attend private institutions that specialize in educating such children. The funds would come from contributions made in exchange for tax credits.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in an email that after four years, the effort had failed. Not a single child applied for the scholarship nor were any funds donated to pay for them.