Budget committee to approve special needs vouchers

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's budget committee plans to vote on creating a special needs voucher program in Wisconsin, a divisive proposal that's been floated and rejected several times in recent years.

Co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee said Tuesday the Republican-controlled panel will create a special needs voucher program that will work similar to the open enrollment program for public school students.

A coalition of disabilities rights groups oppose the special needs vouchers, saying it drains money from public schools that are required to educate the students and those who accept the vouchers will not have the same protections under federal law that they receive in public school.

The vouchers would be $12,000 per student.

Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren says disabled students should not be left out of the voucher program.

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