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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Listening Session, Thursday April 11, 6:30pm in Milwaukee
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
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!
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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Let me start with full disclosure. I am working with Joanne Junke and Stop Special Needs Vouchers. I have blogged on the subject a number of times.
The Circles of Life Conference for 2013 is just around the corner. This year’s Conference is being held in Stevens Point April 25 & 26. Details and Registration can be found here: http://www.colwisconsin.org/
Having spent time researching both candidates running for Alderman in the First District, I have decided to endorse Marty Van Hoof as representative of my District, the First District, to the Common Council.