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Bryce's Law, which was intended to help give children with special needs access to schools that would allow them to thrive, has been hamstrung by a poor funding mechanism. This essay examines the history of the law, which was originally introduced as a bill in 2008 and finally passed in 2013. The essay also explains why the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Trinity Lutheran v. Comer case might finally enable the Missouri Legislature to fund the scholarships that Bryce's Law was intended to facilitate.

To read the essay, click on the link below. For a brief video on the topic, click here.



About the Author

Michael McShane
Senior Fellow of Education Policy

Mike McShane is Senior Fellow of Education Policy for the Show-Me Institute. He is a former high school teacher and earned his PhD in Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Before coming to the Show-Me Institute, Mike worked at the American Enterprise Institute as a research fellow.

Susan Pendergrass
Director of Research and Education Policy

Susan Pendergrass was Vice President of Research and Evaluation for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools before joining the Show-Me Institute. Prior to coming to the National Alliance, Susan was a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration and a senior research scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics during the Obama administration. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University.

James Shuls
James Shuls
Distinguished Fellow of Education Policy

James V. Shuls is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Distinguished Fellow in Education Policy at the Show-Me Institute.