Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship Program

Most students who have a disability are eligible to receive a voucher to attend a private school. Participation is limited by the amount of money appropriated to fund the program. The value of the voucher is based on the state's weighted pupil unit, an element of the state's school financing formula. Students who receive more than three hours of special-education services per day get vouchers worth 2.5 times the weighted pupil unit, whereas students receiving fewer than three hours per day get vouchers worth 1.5 times the weighted pupil unit. The voucher is worth up to $6,442 for students who have a disability.  The program launched in 2005.