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.
The final reprint of the reasons that I do not support a Special Needs Voucher Bill
Admissions and Accessibility
Discrimination in the Application Process
Charter and Voucher Schools: Schools may not reject a qualified student's application based on their disability. However, schools may set acedemic or behavioral admissions criteria that have the effect of preventing students with certain disabilities from successfully enrolling.
Open Enrollment: A school may deny a student's open enrollment application if there is not enough space in the nonresidents school's special education program, or if a child's special education services are deemed "an undue financial burden" by the nonresident school district.
Access to Schools: Geography and Transportation
Voucher Schools: The Milwaukee and Racine Parental Choice Programs are available only in Milwaukee and Racine (Racine's Choice Program will begin in the 2011-12 school year). The school district will provide transportation if 1) the school is within 5 miles of the district's boundries, 2) the student lives 2 or more miles from the private school, 3) the student lives within the private school's attendence area. If the school district is not required to provide transportation, the private school may charge students the cost of any transportation it provides.
The Special Needs Voucher Program proposed in AB110 would apply to the whole state. School districts would be required to provide transportation to any private school.
Charter Scools and Open Enrollment: These options are available statewide. School districts are not required to provide transportation to charter or nondistrict schools unless transportation is required by a child's IEP. This cost may be figured into the school's evaluation of whether the student's attendance would create an "undue financial burden."