Mississippi Lawmakers Consider Bills to Help Blind Students

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill aimed at
assisting blind and visually impaired students to receive the materials they need for their education.
It also includes a provision that, when appropriate, they will be taught by teachers who are certified in
Braille.

However, Casey Robertson of Richland, who teaches several blind students, says the bill is too weak because it says students "may" receive the help, not that they "shall" receive it.

Senate Bill 2777 passed the Senate with no opposition Tuesday.

House Bill 960, which is similar but says "shall" instead of "may," awaits consideration in the House.

State Department of Education spokesman Pete Smith says the department wants visually impaired students to be taught by Braille-certified teachers when possible, but there are not enough
of those teachers in the state.


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