ACTION ALERT: Don’t let special needs voucher proponents amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Stop Special Needs Vouchers Wisconsin has issued a statement opposing S.1909/H.R.4773, the so-called Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act.

Stop Special Needs Vouchers Wisconsin Opposes Federal Special Needs Voucher Funding
(6/4/2014)

The CHOICE Act is the first legislative attempt to support special needs vouchers on the federal level. The bill does several things regarding special
needs vouchers, all of which we oppose:

  1. Provides federal start-up money for new states to create special needs voucher programs (like the proposals we’ve been successfully fighting in Wisconsin).
  2. Amends the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to allow federal IDEA funds to flow into private schools in existing voucher programs, that are explicitly excused from following the IDEA! The amendment also permits such private schools to discriminate against students on the basis of disability.

ACTION ALERT:

Please read the statement, and then contact Senator Baldwin, Senator Johnson, and your Congressional Representative and urge them to oppose S.1909/H.R.4773. Let them know that you oppose special needs vouchers and that IDEA funds must carry IDEA rights and protections!

Sen. Tammy Baldwin: (202) 224-5653, http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/contact

Sen. Ron Johnson: (202) 224-5323, http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

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