Newsmakers: Special Education Vouchers
Four officials — two on each side of the issue — discuss Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial plan to let special-need students attend private schools in a March 11 Newsmakers. Opposing Walker’s proposal were Lisa Pugh of Disability Rights Wisconsin and Joanne Juhnke of Stop Special Needs Vouchers. Backing the change were Marquette Professor Susan Giaimo and Judith Schultz, principal of Lutheran Special School in Milwaukee. Walker’s plan would take $6.9 million away from public schools next year, and $13 million the following year, to pay for private-school scholarships. Three of the four panelists have special-needs children. Walker’s proposal caps enrollment at a maximum of 5% of the estimated 120,000 special-needs children statewide.