Feb 8 2013

Special Needs Vouchers: Share Your Concerns with Gov. Walker Now

Posted by BPDD at 3:58 PM
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- Categories: Advocacy | DAWN Alerts | Miscellaneous

Advocate for Quality Education Choices for Students with Disabilities

Gov. Walker will introduce his 2013-2015 State Budget on Feb. 20. Contact the Governor now and advocate for a state budget that does not include special needs vouchers/scholarships for students with disabilities!

Special needs vouchers could negatively affect students with disabilities and harm small Wisconsin school districts. If special needs vouchers are included in the state budget, families and education experts will not have an opportunity to provide adequate input.

If students with disabilities use vouchers to attend a private school, their rights and access to special education services such as instruction, special education teachers, therapies, and technology are not guaranteed. Also, laws to protect students, like seclusion and restraint, do not apply in private schools.

If special needs vouchers are passed, students who remain in public schools will have less support. Special needs vouchers take funding away from public schools, creating hardship for local districts. Other states with special needs vouchers have seen fraud and double-dipping by for-profit programs that do not provide quality instruction. To learn more about concerns surrounding special needs vouchers, check out this fact sheet.

The special needs vouchers issue is too complicated to be included in the Governor’s budget without adequate public input. Email the Governor with your concerns using this Take Action tool.

 

Comments

Marie Stangel

Marie Stangel wrote on 02/08/13 6:46 PM

Special needs vouchers do not benefit children. It is imperative that this does not pass. It leaves a disparity and it is an unacceptable concept and policy.
Ted Voth Jr

Ted Voth Jr wrote on 02/08/13 7:25 PM

NO vouchers, especially not special needs vouchers. No draining public funds from public schools…
Janet nelson

Janet nelson wrote on 02/08/13 9:39 PM

I am highly concerned about vouchers being given for students with special needs to attend private schools. This makes absolutely no sense .CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS DO NOT BENEFIT FROM AN EDUCATION WHERE NO ONE IS TRAINED TO TEACH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. This requires people who are highly trained. I have taught children with social needs for 41 years . I consult regularly with private schools who have children they want evaluated. They openly admit they do not know what to do. Do not open this door. It leads to heart break and frustration for children , families and educators. Children with special needs have exactly that. They have special needs that require highly trained educators and highly specialized practices to benefit from their education. That system was created in 1973. Support and improve what is in place.
Smoke

Smoke wrote on 02/08/13 11:55 PM

Education is too important for this crap. Find another way to enrich your cronies.
Angelina

Angelina wrote on 02/09/13 12:12 AM

Providing special needs vouchers and scholarships is contrary to providing these students with the services that they require in order to be productive and successful members of society.
Heather Bott

Heather Bott wrote on 02/11/13 6:54 PM

The space here is too small to explain to people who would advocate for vouchers for special needs just why this idea is not in the best interest of disabled students. Special needs children need specially trained instructors. They need more not less of what makes a great teacher great. Please care. Please consider the children, not the big money. Please, try and think this out on behalf of children. I spent a few days with a teacher from a private boys' school outside of Wisconsin who is responsible for an increasing number of special needs students. She is now on medical leave, though she has a long history of outstanding performance - or maybe because she has a long history of outstanding performance. The overload of special needs, needs that cannot be met, is overwhelming to a caring professional. Please do the right thing.
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Special needs vouchers is harm to children,we should leave children far to the Special needs vouchers .
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