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UPDATE: Republicans re-introducing special needs vouchers

UPDATED Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 12:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican state lawmakers are making another push to extend taxpayer subsidies to help students with special needs attend private schools.

The idea was removed from Gov. Scott Walker's budget last year in the face of strong opposition from disability rights groups and others. But four Republican lawmakers released their latest proposal Tuesday.

It would extend vouchers worth about $14,000 only to families where children have been denied open enrollment in a public school.

Backers say it will help families who are trapped in poor performing public schools.

But opponents say private schools aren't accountable because they aren't required to provide the same services that public schools do under federal law.

Bill co-sponsor Sen. Leah Vukmir of Brookfield says public hearings will be held next month on the proposal.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 9:41 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican state lawmakers are making another push to extend taxpayer subsidies to help students with special needs attend private schools.

The idea was removed from Gov. Scott Walker's budget last year in the face of strong opposition from disability rights groups and others. But four Republican lawmakers scheduled a news conference Tuesday to release their latest proposal.

Families of students with special needs are speaking out about the idea, saying private schools aren't accountable because they aren't required to provide the same services that public schools do under federal law.

Wisconsin Education Association Council, the statewide public school teachers union, also opposes special needs vouchers. Its president Betsy Kippers says lawmakers should invest in public education rather than vouchers.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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