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$3 million available for special needs families through state scholarship

The following is a press release from Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC – Families, school leaders, special needs advocates, and state officials will gather Monday, November 20th, for an information session regarding North Carolina’s first-ever Education Savings Accounts, designed to provide $9,000 for educational expenses for students with special needs. The Special Needs ESA will provide upwards of $3 million, in special needs scholarships, to North Carolina families in the coming school year.

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) will host the event. PEFNC is a statewide organization that advocates for greater parental school choice, and led efforts during the spring legislative session by advocating for the new Special Needs ESA (taking effect during the 2018-2019 school year).

This open event is a chance for families interested in the program to hear directly from Senator Chad Barefoot, a sponsor of the Special Needs ESA, as well as the state agency that administers the scholarships (the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority). 

What:              Students with Special Needs Scholarship Event

Where:            Nature Research Center (1st floor in the globe), 11 W. Jones Street, Raleigh

When:             Monday, November 20th, 6:00-7:00 pm

The event, which will be the third of three across North Carolina this month (also in Wilmington and High Point), will be a wonderful opportunity to hear directly from leaders behind the new Special Needs Education Savings Account, as well as key members of the special needs advocacy community from the Triangle. Additional information is available at


Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) is a statewide organization that supports greater educational options through parental school choice, such as public charter schools and private school choice programs (Opportunity Scholarship Program, Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant, and Special Needs Education Savings Account). Our mission is to inform parents of the benefits of expanded options and empower them to exercise freedom in meeting their children’s needs, regardless of race, national origin, income or religion.


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