July 25, 2014

Walker to address treatment of disabled in choice schools

Governor Scott Walker says he will address federal officials’ concerns about treatment of disabled students in Milwaukee school choice, a program he wants to expand to other parts of the state under his budget proposal.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to the state Department of Public Instruction after investigating claims that Milwaukee voucher schools were either rejecting or finding ways to expel disabled students.

This morning, after appearing alongside state Superintendent Tony Evers to recognize nominees for the new ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, Walker told reporters that compliance with the feds request will require a coordinated effort between his office, DPI, and WI DOJ.

The governor says despite federal officials concerns, he believes there is still “incredible interest” in his plan.