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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.

Make Sure You Know Your Candidate

Back in February, I endorsed Marty Van Hoof for 1st District Alderman. (http://www.cudahynow.com/blogs/communityblogs/193276731.html). 

As part of my research, I reviewed the CCAP (Wisconsin Circuit Court Access) all matters of public record Here is the link: http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl.  I did not see Marty's name listed as part of the search.

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Joint Finance 2013

Since I will be unable to attend this year's Joint Finance Hearing on Thursday, I have put togther written testimony that will be dropped to the committee members.  Here is what is being sent.

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Stop Special Needs Vouchers Survey Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2013

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Stop Special Needs Voucher Listening Session

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT:  Listening Session, Thursday April 11, 6:30pm in Milwaukee

 
Stop Special Needs Vouchers is pleased to announce that we're hosting a listening session in Milwaukee on special needs vouchers.  The event flyer is attached, and may also be found online at .

Who: Families, community members, educators, and professionals who are interested in learning how Special Needs Vouchers may impact all students. 

What: Learn about family perspectives and experiences from parents of children with and without special education needs. Understand the impact Special Needs Vouchers will have on education funding from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

When: Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
Contact:  stopspecialneedsvouchers@gmail.com

We are excited about this event, and hope that our Milwaukee area supporters will be able to attend and fill the room with families, community members, educators and professionals who want to learn more!

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"It’s an obligation, a responsibility, and it’s an honor to educate children with exceptional educational needs or special needs!"  
-- Dr. Mel Lightner, Pulaski (WI) School Superintendent

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards held a Day at the Capitol in Madison on Wednesday March 13.  The legislative agenda as administrators and school board members met with their legislators included "Stopping Voucher Expansion and Creation of Special Education Vouchers."  Dr. Mel Lightner of Pulaski made powerful comments to a panel of Joint Finance Committee members, opposing the special needs vouchers and objecting to a legislator's description of students with special needs as a "burden" for school districts.  Audio and a transcript of Dr. Lightner's comments may be found at http://tinyurl.com/armlzfm.

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For an introduction to Stop Special Needs Vouchers, visit our Who We Are blogpost at
http://stopspecialneedsvouchers.blogspot.com/p/about-us.html

For a running list of press coverage, visit our Voucher Information Links page at
http://stopspecialneedsvouchers.blogspot.com/p/voucher-information-links.html

Listening Session Thoughts

There was a nice turnout Thursday Night at the Independence First for the Stop Special Needs Voucher Listening Session. A very knowledgable panel of students, parents and educators.  

Having attended many of these types of events in the past, the personal stories always hit home and remind me of why I continue to be an advocate for my son on disability issues.  2 parents, 2 different voucher schools were both told that there kids should be medicated so that they can be better taught.  The long and short of it was that these teachers were not properly educated on how to best educate individuals with disabilities. They had no special education background, nor were they required to have any special education background.  Many parents, such as myself, do not want to over medicate our children just to see a "result".  We want our children to succeed for who they are.

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