Voucher Bills Violate Anti-Discrimination Laws

From the Education Law Center (http://www.elc-pa.org):

 

On June 7, the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation and Disability Rights Wisconsin filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, challenging Milwaukee’s 20-year-old voucher program on the ground that it has discriminated against children on the basis of disability.

 

According to the Complaint filed against the State of Wisconsin, its Department of Public Instruction and two private voucher schools in Milwaukee, have persistently demonstrated that children with disabilities are not welcome in their schools.

 

Pennsylvania’s proposed voucher program created by Senate Bill 1 (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2011&sind=0&body=S&type=B&BN=0001) and similar bills will likewise discriminate against children with disabilities in the Commonwealth. SB 1, like Milwaukee’s program, permits nonpublic schools to turn away voucher students with disabilities and deny these students equal opportunities. In addition, SB 1 discriminates against English Language Learners by failing to provide equal educational opportunities to language-minority students.

 

Read More at http://www.elc-pa.org/pubs/VoucherProposalsViolateAntiDiscriminationLaws.6.20.11.pdf

 

Discuss at http://paschooltalk.org/forum/topics/school-voucher-q-a-sb-1

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