NEWS: Bipartisan Special Needs Bill To Be Introduced

From The Northwestern newspaper in Wisconsin:

A bipartisan bill circulating in the Wisconsin Legislature would provide state-funded scholarships for students with special needs to attend any private or public school of their choice.

The Assembly bill – sponsored by Rep. Michelle Litjens, R-Vinland; Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee; and Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater – is the latest addition to a series of proposals this year aimed at expanding school choice to prod improvement through competition.

Other school choice measures introduced this year include a charter school expansion bill and a provision in Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget that expands a Milwaukee-area voucher program.

A Senate version of the scholarship bill is being sponsored by two Republicans: Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa and Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.

“There are a number of people in Madison really looking to reform education so that we’re doing the best possible to educate our kids,” said Litjens. “We have a lot of great school out there, but sometimes the school you’re supposed to go to isn’t the right one for you.”

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