Director of Petal 3-D School hopeful after Senate passage of expanded dyslexia scholarship bill

Director of Petal 3-D School hopeful after Senate passage of expanded dyslexia scholarship bill

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The director of a Petal special purpose school that serves children with dyslexia is hoping a bill passed by the Mississippi Senate this week will help more children who have that disorder.

Cena Holifield, executive director of the 3-D School, said she was excited to see House Bill 1046 pass the Senate on Wednesday.

It would expand the state's scholarship program for dyslexic students, from grades 1-6 to grades K-12.

It would also allow dyslexic students in public schools to attend non-public schools that have dyslexia therapy programs that are in compliance with the law.

"Right now, they're very limited to the special purpose schools, of New Summit, the 3-D School, Magnolia School, so sadly, parents are having to leave their homes and move to come to these schools," said Holifield.

"This way, our children in North Mississippi, East Mississippi, South Mississippi, the non-public schools, can have dyslexia therapy programs and there will be more access for these children, so they don't have to leave their homes, to get what they need," Holifield said.

The bill now goes back to a House conference committee.