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Baton Rouge — CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer released the following statement after Governor Edwards vetoed education savings account bills that would’ve helped kids with disabilities or struggling to read have a tailored education:

“We are disappointed that Governor Edwards has vetoed HB194 and SB203 which would have helped kids with disabilities or kids not reading on grade level have tailored educational options. For too long, our state has ranked close to last when it comes to educational outcomes. Bold reforms like education savings accounts would help get our kids into schools that best fit their needs so they can have bright futures. Although the Governor has made it clear he wants to fund systems instead of our kids, we will continue to work to ensure every kid has the chance to succeed in the classroom.”