Feb 18 2013

Take Action to Stop Special Needs Vouchers

Posted by BPDD at 4:55 PM
- Categories: Advocacy | DAWN Alerts | Miscellaneous

Now is the time to contact your legislators and take action on this issue.

Gov. Scott Walker plans to include special needs vouchers in his 2013-2015 State Budget that he will introduce Wednesday. Today, families from around the state held a media event at the Capitol to share their concerns about how special needs vouchers will impact students with disabilities. Join this grassroots group of families and their children with disabilities in asking the Legislature to take special needs vouchers out of the budget.

Now is the time to contact your legislators and take action on this issue. Efforts to improve outcomes for students with disabilities should include putting additional funds toward public school special education services instead of private school vouchers.

Special needs vouchers could negatively affect students with disabilities and drain critical resources from small Wisconsin school districts. Families lose all their federal protections when they leave public schools, and private schools are not accountable for student outcomes.

Including special needs vouchers in the Governor’s budget does not allow for adequate public input on this important policy issue. To learn more about concerns surrounding special needs vouchers, check out this fact sheet.

Even if you already contacted the Governor about this important issue, now is your opportunity to contact your legislator by using this Take Action tool.



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