Jun 30 2011

School Choice Radio Story

Posted by DAWN at 5:51 PM
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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's new two-year budget, which Gov. Walker signed into law on Sunday, expands the state's "school choice" program. However, an attorney with Disability Rights Wisconsin contends that the program, as it is being run in Milwaukee, discriminates against children with disabilities in two ways.

First, private schools do not accept anywhere near the number of children with disabilities as the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) accept, Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick says.

"Second, there's a category of kids where some schools will accept them initially, but if the kid shows any sign of any significant academic or behavioral issues, they will expel them from that private school."

The American Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Wisconsin have filed a federal lawsuit against the "school choice" program, saying it has resulted in discrimination against children with disabilities.

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