28 Wisconsin private schools to offer special needs vouchers


June 28, 2016


MADISON Twenty-eight private schools in Wisconsin have registered to offer vouchers for students with special needs in the first year of the program.

The state Department of Public Instruction released the list of schools on Monday. Most are in the Milwaukee area, with 15 in the city.

The program is open to special-needs students whose applications to open enroll in another public school are denied and who have individualized education plans in place.

The vouchers are worth $12,000 per student. Parents may begin applying for them on Friday.

Supporters say the vouchers will help provide more options for disabled students and their families. But opponents say the program diverts money to private voucher schools and students there won't receive the same legal protections they are guaranteed in public schools.


Associated Press