Teachers will remain vigilant to expose vouchers that fail special needs children

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January 4, 2015
Contact: Christina Brey, 608.298.2519, @christinajbrey

 

Teachers will remain vigilant to expose vouchers that fail special needs children

Door still open for U.S. Justice Department to investigate future claims that private voucher schools discriminate against students with disabilities

The door is open for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate future claims that private voucher schools discriminate against students with disabilities, after the department closed a four-year investigation into claims of voucher wrongdoings. Parents, educators and disability rights groups will remain vigilant in reporting situations in which voucher schools are not adequately serving special needs children, and aggrieved families can pursue individual action.

The following statement can be attributed to Betsy Kippers, a teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council.

“As educators, we are deeply concerned about the inadequate services afforded to special needs students in the voucher program. These private schools are funded by taxpayers but pick and choose the students they want to educate. Public schools provide opportunity for every child. We will be vigilant in demanding voucher accountability, as Wisconsin prepares to funnel millions more tax dollars to private schools through the misguided special needs voucher program next school year.”

Facts about tax-funded voucher schools and special needs services:

  • Voucher schools don’t follow the same rules as public schools for special needs students.
  • Voucher schools aren’t required to employ special education teachers.
  • Voucher schools don’t have to report the number of children they enroll with disabilities.

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