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I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

Special Needs Voucher Thoughts

Why is it that special interest groups from outside of the State of Wisconsin think that they know how we should educate our children with Special Needs in Wisconsin?  I consider myself a pretty intelligent guy and I feel that my wife and I have made the correct decisions when it comes to all of our kids educations.  We didn’t need somebody from outside the State to tell us what to do or what is a better option for us.  Growing up, I am 100% certain that nobody told my parents what was best when it came to me and my sibling’s education. Yet, this is what is going on today.

I have worked with a number of people fighting against the Special Needs Voucher Bill, something I personally have been fighting against since about 2009, that has been added to the State Budget.  The individuals that I am working with are all Wisconsin families.  We are not receiving our talking points from outside the State, we have created our own. Our information has been developed and distributed by Wiscoinsin families, not from another State.  I have had a number of conversations on this topic from families across the State and each one that I have spoken with have expressed similar concerns to the Special Needs Voucher Bill that I have.

The main concerns:

The loss of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act Rights (IDEA) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individuals_with_Disabilities_Education_Act)

Individualized Education Program (IEP) accountability (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individualized_Education_Program)

No requirements to hire Special Education Teachers

“Money does not follow the child”, there is no mechanism to return the money to the public school in the event the family determines that the voucher school fails to meet the student’s needs.

For every success story of a voucher school there is a failed story of a voucher school.  For every student that has thrived in the voucher school, there is another story where a voucher school failed a student. 

Is it really a “choice” when you are forced to give up your rights? Are families even told that they would be giving up these rights?

I don’t need somebody from another State telling me what is best for my children

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