Senator Parker & DeSoto County Family Participate in Signing Ceremony of Special Needs Education Act
“Our emphasis in this legislation has always been on the children and enhancing their educational opportunities”
Today, state Senator David Parker and the Dye Family from DeSoto County joined Governor Phil Bryant, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and parents of children with special educational needs at a bill signing for the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act (Senate Bill 2695).
“Children are unique and one-size-fits-all education policy means some students who could otherwise excel will instead fall through the cracks. This year in the legislature, we put focus on helping parents and students address those challenges. Some of the leaders in this legislation’s success include parents in DeSoto County, like Debra Dye, and I was pleased she, her husband and children could participate in today’s signing ceremony,” Parker said.
Governor Bryant said, “Today is an important day for families in Mississippi. When only 22.5 percent of special needs students graduate high school, something is terribly wrong. Now, with this bill, we will extend these children a better opportunity to succeed and will give their families the power to make the educational choices that they deem best.”
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and The Foundation for Excellence in Education supported the bill. “Today, Mississippi took bold action to expand parental choice and expand opportunities for students with special needs. Thanks to the strong leadership of Governor Bryant and state legislators, and the passionate advocacy of parents across the state, Mississippi will be a national leader in helping students with unique learning abilities achieve their God-given potential,” Bush said.
“Our emphasis in this legislation has always been on the children and enhancing their educational opportunities. It was gratifying to see several children join Governor Bryant at the signing. Governor Bryant asked Lilli Dye and my son Jude if they wanted to sign it, too. They did; Jude marked it with an ‘X’,” Parker said.
Senator David Parker is an optometrist in Olive Branch. He was elected to the Senate in 2012 and serves on the Senate Economic Development Committee, Elections Committee, Judiciary-A Committee, Housing Committee, and Public Health & Welfare Committee. He and his wife Ashleigh have four children: Allie, Jack, Luke and Jude.
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