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Mississippi House Bill 765 missed passing by only three votes yesterday in the House. The Bill would have given parents of special needs children up to $6,000 to spend on their children's education if the child was not enrolled in a public school.

Clearly they would have liked for the bill to pass but the vote on this bill was a lot closer than anticipated. Those who supported the bill say to look for to be pushed again in next year's legislative session.

Debra Dye of Olive Branch says her sons Marshall and Cooper struggle with dyslexia. She went to Jackson to speak before the legislature in favor of the Special Needs Bill.

"A little numb and very disappointed the votes that could have helped this go in favor of the special needs of Mississippi could have come from DeSoto County," Dye said.

The bill got almost zero support from DeSoto County legislators. Not a single DeSoto County House member voted for it. And only one Senator from DeSoto County voted for it, Senator David Parker of Olive Branch.

"At the end it was very close. I think we have just a little more education to go and hopefully with some of the parents staying involved and trying to get more interest. The Lieutenant Governor and Governor were disappointed that this bill did not get through." Parker said.

Dye says she will continue to push for legislation that will give the parents of special needs children an option in Mississippi.

"Well special needs families are used to facing adversity and this is not the first time and it will not be the last time you hear from us, this is just the beginning for us to raise awareness," Dye said.

Senator David Parker says he hopes another special needs bill is introduced in the next legislative session.

"It's a very sad day that we were not able to do something for these children. For the special needs parents I hope that somewhere down the road that we will get them the help that they need," Parker said.

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