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Candidate Positions on Special Needs Vouchers

In July 2014, Stop Special Needs Vouchers sent a single-question survey to Wisconsin candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Senate and State Assembly positions. The question:

Do you support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin, as proposed in Wisconsin’s past two legislative sessions? Why, or why not?

The candidates’ answers may be found below, listed in order by district number:

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In addition to survey responses, the information includes previous voting and/or co-sponsorship positions on past special needs vouchers proposals in Wisconsin, and public statements on vouchers and special needs.

Governor

MARY BURKE GOVERNOR – DEMOCRATIC From the campaign web site: “Mary strongly opposed the statewide expansion of vouchers—as governor, she’ll work to stop any further expansion, and ensure that all private schools taking public dollars have real accountability measures in place.”  At a 2014 meeting of the Survival Coalition for Disability Organizations, declared that special needs vouchers were included in her opposition to voucher expansion. Survey: No Answer.
SCOTT WALKER GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN

Included a special needs voucher program in the 2013/2015 Governor’s budget proposal (later removed during Joint Finance Committee deliberations): “I am proud to say the Wisconsin Special Needs Scholarship will be included in my 2013 – 15 Biennial Budget, which I hope will begin a legacy of dedication from Wisconsin Governors to special needs students.”

From the pro-voucher American Federation for Children 2012 Election Impact Report: “With strong leadership from Governor Scott Walker, legislators in the state that is home to the nation’s oldest publicly-funded private school choice program are now looking to create a statewide special needs scholarship program.”
Survey: No Answer.

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Lieutenant Governor

JOHN LEHMAN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I oppose the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin. I am opposed because the protections given to students with disabilities in the public school system through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act do not apply to private voucher schools. Furthermore, this program would further drain valuable taxpayer funding from our public schools, diverting it to a system that has so far been unwilling to provide the same accountability and acceptance of all students, as our public schools do.”
JOSEPH M. BROST LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – INDEPENDENT  Survey: No Answer.
REBECCA KLEEFISCH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR -REPUBLICAN  Survey: No Answer.

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State Senate

DEAN P. DEBROUX STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 1 – DEMOCRATIC

From a 2013 article: Dean DeBroux is a special education teacher in a school just outside of Green Bay who is worried about the further expansion of special needs vouchers proposed by Walker.

“I work with some of the most severe students with behavior problems and emotional disabilities. My fear is that the public school is going to be left with the most severe students to work with, and the private schools will take the students that are less severe and somewhat easier to educate,” said DeBroux.  “From my perspective, if you’re taking public money, then you should take the public. That’s what public schools do. Our doors are open to anyone who needs education. If these schools are going to take tax dollars, then they should have to live by the same rules.”
Survey: No Answer.

FRANK LASEE STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 1 – REPUBLICAN Article: State Senator Lasee supports voucher plan “I think it’s too important to leave up to a government monopoly.”
Survey: No Answer.
TIM CARPENTER STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 3 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
LEAH VUKMIR STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 5 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers bills (2011 SB486 and 2013 SB525); Spoke at press conferences and Education Committee hearings in favor of special needs vouchers.  From June 2013 press release: “Giving Wisconsin’s special needs students more options remains one of Senator Vukmir’s top priorities.”
Survey: No Answer.
CHRIS J. LARSON STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 7 – DEMOCRATIC

From the March 15, 2012 Larson Report: “Senate Bill 486, legislation that would create a Special Needs Voucher Program lacking accountability and transparency is officially dead. This controversial bill left many with more questions than answers about how children with special needs would be educated, our neighborhood schools affected, and local taxpayers burdened under this bill…. This bill would have not only endangered children in our community with special needs, but it also would have been a huge financial burden to local taxpayers as it would have cost Wisconsin an additional $80 million annually, which would have ballooned as more children with special needs participated in the program.”

Survey: “No. I don’t support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher.

Under the proposed bills, children with special needs would be able to attend voucher schools, which are not subject to the same rules and standards as our neighborhood schools, and the schools using these vouchers would not have to comply with federal protections laid out in the individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Furthermore, these voucher schools under the proposed bills would not be required to provide and periodically re-evaluate individualized education programs for each child with special needs. In contrast, local public schools are required to follow these standards, as well as being subject to periodic re-evaluations of each student’s individualized education program. I believe parents of special needs children deserve the peace of mind granted by knowing their child’s education plan is up-to-date and tailored specifically to their needs as they change over time.

On top of that, special education instructors in participating voucher schools would not be held to the same standards as special needs instructors in public schools. A special education instructor at a private school would not even have to have a college degree, whereas special education instructors at public schools are guaranteed to hold the appropriate credentials for the child they are serving.

Instead of spending money on an additional voucher program that does not guarantee services, produce better outcomes for our kids, or provide the public with transparency and accountability for their tax dollars, I support the initiative to improve special needs education in our public schools, so that we can ensure that all students with disabilities will receive equal access to the services they deserve.

I firmly believe that with proper resources, public schools can meet the needs of every child with a disability and provide them with the individualized services they deserve. This is why my Democratic colleagues and I have introduced proposals like Senate Bill (SB) 559, which increases funding for special needs education programs in public schools. Under this bill, public schools could receive additional public resources for transportation and education of children with disabilities, allowing them to invest in each child’s individualized education plan. This is a step in the right direction for special needs education in Wisconsin, as it works to ensure that public schools are equipped to meet each child’s needs and ensure all children have the freedom to access an excellent publc education.

JASON RED ARNOLD STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 7 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
MARTHA LANING STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 9 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: I do not support the voucher program in Wisconsin because our state needs to use our resources efficiently and we cannot afford to support a second unaccountable school system.  All schools that get state funding need to be held accountable for the quality of education they provide in the state. I feel that if we do have voucher schools, they absolutely should be required to follow the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
DEVIN LEMAHIEU STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 9 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
DAN KILKENNY STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 11 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
STEVE NASS STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 11 – REPUBLICAN

Sponsored special needs vouchers bill (2011 AB 110).

From a 2013 letter to the editor: “What is the common denominator for the opponents of parental choice both public and private? Money and power!!! The worshipers of the education bureaucracy openly despise any reform path that grants power to individual families to make key decisions on the child’s education. It would appear the opponents of parental choice care more about the money and power, than the educational success of every child.”
Survey: No Answer.

MICHELLE ZAHN STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 13 – DEMOCRATIC From the campaign web site: “The push to privatize public schools with taxpayers’ money comes from a national movement advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which consists of wealthy political donors, an army of lobbyists and legislators, including my opponent, as well as several other Republican members of the Wisconsin legislature. Wisconsin Republicans have openly committed to extending the voucher school program in the next state budget. How is it fair that taxpayers are being forced to fund schools that are not required to meet the same standards as our public schools must meet and can pick and choose which students they will teach?”
Survey: No Answer.
SCOTT L. FITZGERALD STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 13 – REPUBLICAN According to a March 2014 tweet from journalist Matt DeFour: Sen. Fitzgerald on special needs vouchers: The issue is “teed up for next session.”
Survey: No Answer.
JANIS RINGHAND STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 15 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110)
Survey: No Answer.
BRIAN FITZGERALD STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 15 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
PAT BOMHACK STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 17 – DEMOCRATIC

Tomah Journal August 6: “ I believe the continued expansion of unaccountable, private voucher schools should be repealed. As state senator, I will say ‘No’ to vouchers and ‘Yes’ to a strong public education system.
Survey: No Answer.

HOWARD MARKLEIN STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 17 – REPUBLICAN - Listed as one of the “Victories for Wisconsin Families” in the pro-voucher American Federation for Children 2012 Election Impact Report
- “Marklein is just one of dozens of Wisconsin political players on the receiving end of millions of dollars poured into state campaigns and the legislative process from individuals and interest groups committed to promoting alternatives to public schools.  Like other school choice proponents, Marklein says he just wants to give students an alternative to failing public school systems. “It’s all about the kids,” Marklein explains. “I will always start my decision-making with the kids. If that offends the teachers unions, so be it.”
- Pledged via “paired vote” to vote No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110)
- Survey: No Answer.
PENNY BERNARD SCHABER STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 19 – DEMOCRATIC

Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110); spoke against special needs vouchers as an invited speaker at an April 2013 Stop Special Needs Vouchers community conversation in Neenah; registered in opposition to special needs voucher bill (2013 AB682) at the Assembly Education Committee hearing.

Survey: “I do not support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program for Wisconsin. As a Physical Therapist with 30 plus years of experience with 11 years in the Oshkosh Area School District, I kow first hand the amount of therapy and special additional services a child with special needs requires to be successful in school. I also know that there is a maintenance of effort level of funding required in the school district which means that the public school will not only lose the funds to a private school with vouchers but the public school will be required to continue to spend the same level of funds even though the child is not in that school.

Another concern with the special needs vouchers is that currently there is no requirement for the private school to adequately meet the needs of the child with special needs; as the private school is not required to follow the IEP for the student.

The third area of concern I have is that many private schools do not and will not have the special equipment or skilled therapy or teaching staff that is needed to serve the child with special needs. To meet these needs the public schools will be required to provide staff and equipment to the private schools for limited or no reimbursement to the public schools for the costs they incur to provide for the needs of the student with special needs.”

ROGER ROTH STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 19 – REPUBLICAN  Survey: No Answer.
RANDY BRYCE STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 21 – DEMOCRATIC  Survey: No Answer.
VAN WANGGAARD STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 21 – REPUBLICAN Endorsed by Rep. Jessie Rodriguez: “As a former outreach coordinator for Hispanics for School Choice, I know the importance of electing people who will lead the way when it comes to expanding educational opportunity for all children,” Rodriguez said. “In his last term, Van Wanggaard proved his commitment to educational choice when he was the leading advocate to expand Parental Choice to Racine.”
“I have the utmost respect for the work that Representative Jessie Rodriguez has done to improve education in our state,” said Wanggaard. “I share her goals of expanding and improving the statewide Parental Choice program, cutting taxes for all Wisconsinites and bringing more jobs to our area. I look forward to getting back to work with Rep. Rodriguez and the rest of the conservative legislature.”

Survey: No Answer.

PHIL SWANHORST STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 23 – DEMOCRATIC  Survey: No Answer.
TERRY MOULTON STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 23 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB 110);
Listed as one of the “Victories for Wisconsin Families” in the pro-voucher American Federation for Children 2012 Election Impact Report.
Survey: No Answer.
JANET BEWLEY STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 25 – DEMOCRATIC

Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110).

Survey: “I do not support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin.”

DANE DEUTSCH STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 25 – REPUBLICAN  Survey: No Answer.
JON B. ERPENBACH STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 27 – DEMOCRATIC  Survey: No Answer.
PAUL DEMAIN STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 29 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “While I have not studied this issue closely, I generally oppose private school vouchers with state taxpayers money because it takes valuable dollars away from public educational opportunities and the comprehensive needs, especially of our special needs students. I prefer putting taxpayer dollars into Public School Charter programs that emphasis or work with special tracks of educational materials for farmers, the environment, and special needs programs.We used to have a small fire sub station in our neighborhood where I grew up in Wausau, It was consolidated in order to become more cost efficient and comprehensive in its equipment fire fighting capabilities.  My old neighborhood could not consider requesting vouchers to set up its own local fire department because we think the services now being provided by the Wausau fire department are not sufficient for our neighborhood needs.I believe we need to keep public taxpayer dollars in public school programs.”
JERRY PETROWSKI STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 29 – REPUBLICAN Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Listed as one of the “Victories for Wisconsin Families” in the pro-voucher American Federation for Children 2012 Election Impact Report.
Survey: No Answer.
KATHLEEN VINEHOUT STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 31 – DEMOCRATIC

From a December 2012 blogpost: “Nearly everyone who contacted me about education is concerned about money for local schools and opposed to an expansion of the charter and voucher programs, especially the expansion of vouchers to special education students….As I work to change the school funding formula to better assist our schools, I will also play defense to stop new proposals that syphon off dollars that should go to our already struggling schools.”

Survey: “I do not support special needs vouchers and worked with my legislative colleagues and advocates across the state to stop advancement of legislation to create special needs vouchers.

We were successful in defeating a provision in the 2013-15 State Budget to create special needs vouchers.  Instead, my Democratic colleagues and I offered a budget amendment that called for an increase in funding for special education. Unfortunately, that proposal along with every amendment offered by Senate Democrats was defeated.

As a member of the Senate Education Committee, I fought legislation offered by my Republican colleagues. We were successful in killing these bills in committee.

I am opposed to special needs vouchers because it would put the education of special needs students at risk.   Students using special needs vouchers to go to private schools would lose all of their federal rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The private schools enrolling these students are not obligated to employ certified teachers, to provide an appropriate education or follow the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and they are not required to accept students with exceptional educational needs if significant changes to schools programs or facilities are required.

Finally, special needs vouchers would siphon critical funding from public schools and make it more difficult for public schools to provide a quality education to children with disabilities.  Providing a quality education to children, regardless of where they live or their special needs, is a cornerstone of our state constitution and is essential to the future of our children and our state.”

MEL PITTMAN STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 31 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
SHERRYLL SHADDOCK STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 33 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I am in favor of providing first class public education to all Wisconsin children, including children with special needs. I do not think taxpayer supported education should be a profit center for private providers. The voucher programs are draining resources from public schools. Public schools must accommodate all children, while voucher schools are not required to take all students, and will not necessarily provide special accommodations for children with special needs. There is a lack of local control over voucher schools, these schools are not governed by local school boards, and are not accountable to the communities in which they are located. Public education is a key issue to me. Access to a great education should be available to all children.”
PAUL FARROW STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 33 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110, 2013 SB525)
Survey: No Answer.

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State Assembly

JOE MAJESKI ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 1 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
JOEL C. KITCHENS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 1 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
ANDRE JACQUE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 2 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110, 2013 AB682);
Survey: No Answer.
AL OTT ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 3 – REPUBLICAN Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
CHRIS PLAUNT ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 4 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
DAVID STEFFEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 4 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JEFF MCCABE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 5 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support vouchers for special needs or regular education students.  Public tax dollars should be used to support and enhance our public education system.  Our public schools are open to everyone, are transparent and can be held accountable by the citizens.  Public education needs our full support so it can continue to respond to the varied needs of our students such as those with special needs as well as advanced students.  A strong and flexible public education system is vital for our economy and the schools are the heart of communities.”
JIM STEINEKE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 5 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
GARY  TAUCHEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 6 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
DANIEL RIEMER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 7 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
SCOTT ESPESETH ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 7 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JOCASTA ZAMARRIPA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 8 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: “No, I have not and do not support special needs vouchers because I believe our voucher schools do not have the transparency, accountability, or capacity to educate our children with special needs.

Public schools have always had and continue to have the infrastructure in place and the capability to serve our families and children with special needs.”

VINCENT SYNOWICZ ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 8 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JOSH ZEPNICK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 9 – DEMOCRATIC

Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.

DAVID BOWEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 10 – DEMOCRATIC Via the Shepherd Express: Bowen said he opposes voucher schools and wants to provide adequate funding for public education and job training. “A number of people on the other side—and I guess some Democrats too—are in favor of privatizing education,” Bowen said. “That is not my position. I will not take insight from the same individuals who have sought to take the resources from education, then point the finger and say it’s failed, and turn over control to those same private, wealthy special interests.”
Survey: No Answer.
MANDELA BARNES ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 11 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
FREDERICK P. KESSLER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 12 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
ROB HUTTON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 13 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
DALE KOOYENGA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 14 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
JOHN F. WEISHAN, JR. ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 15 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
JOE SANFELIPPO ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 15 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2013 AB682);
Survey: No Answer.
LEON D. YOUNG ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 16 – DEMOCRATIC

Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);

The pro-voucher American Federation for Children spent $6,397.25 for a mailer on Rep. Young’s behalf in early August 2014 (GAB 7S report)

In response to Shepherd Express interview question on voucher/charter schools: “Like it or not, school vouchers are now a matter of state law. With that being said, I’m definitely opposed to the current expansion of voucher and independent charter schools. In response to this current erosion of the public school system, I believe the state must enact basic school accountability standards for all schools that receive taxpayer funding, in order to safeguard the quality of education being offered to those students who attend those schools.”
Survey: No Answer.

LA TONYA JOHNSON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 17 -DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
EVAN GOYKE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 18 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
JONATHAN BROSTOFF ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 19 – DEMOCRATIC Via the Wisconsin Gazette, July 2014: “I strongly believe that we need to not only not expand vouchers but sunset them here and now,” Brostoff says. “The experiment has played out and it failed. The heart of it is to siphon off public resources into private hands.”
Survey: No Answer.
CHRISTINE SINICKI ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 20 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);  
Survey: “I have never supported the voucher program, nor any expansion.
The special needs voucher proposals are nothing but a scam and money making windfall that promises false hopes to families that already spend much of their time trying to get the correct services for their children.
While these proposals may look good at first glance, there is no guarantee that the child would receive the services that are promised.”
MOLLY MCGARTLAND ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 20 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JESSIE RODRIGUEZ ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 21 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2013 AB682);
Former Outreach Coordinator for Hispanics for School Choice.
Survey: No Answer.
JESSIE READ ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 22 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support a statewide special needs voucher program because I don’t believe the needs of students with disabilities are addressed sufficiently in the majority of private schools that accept vouchers. There have been no safeguards installed to ensure their rights are protected, nor are there adequate standards required with transparency rules in place to provide education to those with special needs. Indeed I don’t think the current voucher system works well at all – not for our communities, not for our children.”
JANEL BRANDTJEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 22 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
BETH L. LUECK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 23 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “No, I do not support the creation of a state-wide special needs voucher program.  I don’t support voucher schools because they take money away from public schools.  This special needs voucher program seems intended to expand voucher schools and take more money away from public schools.  At present there is little to no accountability for voucher schools.  Until there is accountability for voucher schools, I won’t support them or any program intended to expand them.”
JIM OTT ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 23 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
DAN KNODL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 24 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2013 AB682);
Survey: No Answer.
PAUL TITTL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 25 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2013 AB682);
Survey: No Answer.
TERRY VAN AKKEREN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 26 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program. Voucher schools don’t have total accountability to taxpayers and students would lose the protection under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.”
TERRY KATSMA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 26 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
SCOTT GROVER HEINIG ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 27 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I am generally not in favor of the school voucher system and would not be in favor of the Special Need Voucher.  The primary reason I am not in favor of the Vouchers, is the accountability aspect of schools and programs that I understand are not part of the program. I can understand that some parents may have a need, or hope provide an alternative educational platform for their child. I can also see a need for the public school system to be more responsive to the needs of children. Both must continue to be addressed in the public school system, as well as the proper funding mechanisms and spending controls.”
TYLER VORPAGEL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 27 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
TRAVIS SCHACHTNER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 28 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support any expansion of the voucher program. A strong public school system that is inclusive to all members of the community is vital for future of rural Wisconsin. A voucher system forces schools to practice exclusionary tactics in order to compete for the vouchers and students. This is a practice that goes against what it means be a part of Wisconsin’s supportive rural community.”
ADAM JARCHOW ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 28 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JOHN MURTHA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 29 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
DARREL LAUMANN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 30 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
DEAN KNUDSON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 30 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored  special needs vouchers (2011 AB 110, 2013 AB 682); Spoke at press conference Jan. 2014 introducing and applauding the most recent special needs voucher bill;
Survey: No Answer.
AMY LOUDENBECK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 31 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
ALAN KUPSIK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 32 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
TYLER AUGUST ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 32 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
CODY HORLACHER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 33 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
ROB SWEARINGEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 34 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
MARY J. CZAJA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 35 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JEFFREY L. MURSAU ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 36 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
MARY I. ARNOLD ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 37 – DEMOCRATIC

Survey: “I agree with the Stop Special Needs Vouchers grassroots group’s opposition to the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin, as proposed by Assemblyman John Jagler who is my opponent in my campaign for the 37th Assembly District seat. Such a proposal would neither serve the best interest of special needs students nor those of Wisconsin public school districts.

This bill is often framed as offering families a choice, but not all choices are good ones. As I understand it, this proposal would subtract funding from public schools and give it to unaccountable private schools which are not required to provide the same level of services to special needs students as their public school counterparts are.

I am opposed to any expansion of private unaccountable unproven voucher programs in Wisconsin which so far, after 20 years in the Milwaukee area, have not performed any better than public schools. Why we are continuing to go down the road of privatizing public schools is beyond me.

This is a bad bill and I will not support it.”

JOHN JAGLER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 37 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110, 2013 AB 682); Spoke at press conferences and Education Committee hearings in favor of special needs vouchers.
Survey: No Answer.
TOM CHOJNACKI ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 38 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
JOEL KLEEFISCH ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 38 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110, 2013 AB682)
Survey: No Answer.
MARK L. BORN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 39 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
KEVIN PETERSEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 40 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110)
Survey: No Answer.
JOE KALLAS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 41 – DEMOCRATIC Survey:  “I do not support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin. First, I think it is wrong to give tax payer dollars to private schools which leaves less money for public schools. The public schools do a great job of providing an education to special needs students so there is no reason for a voucher program. Finally, voucher schools do not have to provide the same level of services as the public schools and are therefore not accountable for the students they serve. It would be a big mistake to go state wide with a special needs voucher program.”
JOAN BALLWEG ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 41 – REPUBLICAN Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
GEORGE FERRITER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 42 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “Article X of the Wisconsin State Constitution provides for ‘the establishment of district schools, which shall be as nearly uniform as practicable; and such schools shall be free and without charge for tuition to all children between the ages of 4 and 20 years’. This requirement identifies that our public schools must provide educational opportunities for all, inclusive of those students with special needs. The letter from the Department of Justice reads, in part, ‘The State cannot, by delegating the education function to private voucher schools, place students beyond the reach of the federal laws that require Wisconsin to eliminate disability discrimination in its administration of public programs.’ These statements make the issue clear: The state should not be supporting private schools in any case, and that special needs must not be discriminated against in any public program. To the extent that voucher schools exist in Wisconsin, these schools must comply with federal law. In principle, I am opposed to privatization of the Wisconsin’s school system via voucher schools, and am also opposed to any illegal discrimination in those voucher schools that exist, including those that accept special needs students.”
KEITH RIPP ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 42 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
ANDY JORGENSEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 43 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
LEON L. HEBERT ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 43 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
DEBRA KOLSTE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 44 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
JACOB DORSEY ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 44 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
MARK SPREITZER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 45 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin. I oppose the current statewide expansion of vouchers and I will oppose any further expansions because I believe that public schools are best suited to educate all children, including special needs children. Public schools are subject to state and federal education standards and accountability to a degree that private schools are not, and are subject to laws that protect the educational rights of special needs students. Public schools must serve all the children that come in the door. We need to make sure our public schools have the resources they need to succeed rather than diverting money to private schools that aren’t subject to the same rules.”
GARY HEBL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 46 – DEMOCRATIC

Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110).

Survey: “No, I oppose the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin.  I have firmly opposed this proposal when it has been introduced in the Legislature and will continue to oppose it if reintroduced.  I believe that such a proposal would weaken existing protections for students with disabilities whose families opt into the voucher system, which I think would greatly undermine these children’s chances of receiving a quality education.  I also believe that further diverting taxpayer money from our already underfunded public schools would be a disservice to those students who remain in the public school system; especially those children with disabilities who must be served by public schools.  I believe that what we must do to ensure that students with disabilities, and all other students for that matter, receive a quality education is to dramatically reverse the cuts to public K-12 education that have been made by the Governor and Legislature over the past 3 1/2 years.  Finally, I am not aware of any statewide advocacy group that works on behalf of people with disabilities that has endorsed the concept of a special needs voucher program as proposed in Wisconsin.  I believe that this greatly undermines any claims that such a system would actually benefit children with disabilities.”

ROBB KAHL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 47 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
MELISSA AGARD SARGENT ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 48 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program.  I believe that we must provide equal opportunities and inclusive public education for all of Wisconsin’s children regardless of ability or disability in an open, honest, and transparent manner.  I believe that by fully funding our public schools we strengthen our communities, our families and our children.”
CHAD HENNEMAN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 49 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support the creation of special need vouchers.  Private for profit schools should for one not receive any tax payer funding as they can operate without any oversight.  Instead of giving money away to for profit schools that can choose their own curriculum and are not really affordable to regular people, we should be investing more in today’s schools; better class rooms and teaching tools, more teachers, more programs.”
TRAVIS TRANEL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 49 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Listed as one of the “Victories for Wisconsin Families” in the pro-voucher American Federation for Children 2012 Election Impact Report.
Survey: No Answer.
CHRISTOPHER MILLER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 50 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: I oppose special needs vouchers. In general voucher schools are unaccountable and don’t serve the public well. While federal law requires public schools to provide special needs students an IEP and monitor the implementation of the IEP, these requirements are not required of private schools working with special needs children.

Without an IEP and federal regulations in general, special needs students will not get the attention and resources they deserve from the schools.

ED BROOKS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 50 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
DICK CATES ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 51 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
TODD NOVAK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 51 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JEREMY THIESFELDT ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 52 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110, 2013 AB682);
Survey: No Answer.
MICHAEL SCHRAA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 53 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
GORDON HINTZ ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 54 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110)
Survey: “I strongly oppose the creation of special needs education vouchers. I fought against their passage as a member of the Education Committee in 2011-2012 and this most recent session. The lack of accountability and legal protections for special needs students in private schools is one main reason. But diverting tax dollars away from public schools to private schools that can self select which students they choose for the program is a recipe for disaster for ALL students.”
MARK ELLIOTT ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 54 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
MARK WESTPHAL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 55 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I would be inclined NOT to support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program. I do not like the idea of vouchers in general as it takes money away from the general education fund and puts an increased burden on our public schools and their students.”
MIKE ROHRKASTE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 55 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
DAVE MURPHY ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 56 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
AMANDA STUCK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 57 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support special needs vouchers as proposed in the last two legislative sessions.”
CHRIS KLEIN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 57 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
BOB GANNON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 58 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JESSE KREMER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 59 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
ROBERT BROOKS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 60 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
SAMANTHA KERKMAN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 61 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
THOMAS WEATHERSTON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 62 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
ANDY MITCHELL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 63 – DEMOCRATIC

Survey: “I happen to have a little background on this.  I’m a high school special education teacher in public schools, married to a former special education teacher with a daughter that was in special education classes when she was in public schools.

The short answer?  No, vouchers for kids with special needs won’t work and can’t work.  Why?   The status of those with special  needs can change in the blink of an eye.  A degenerative eye condition can take a student from needing large print to putting text on an electronic format.  A student can go from eating with assistance to a feeding tube in a short time frame.  Teaching tactics may have to be changed from period to period.  Public schools are most likely to have access to the resources and expertise to make those changes happen quickly.

The current voucher system does not have much accountability in place for any students.  I don’t have any strong feelings that children with special education needs will be any different.  I’m skeptical that a for-profit school will be willing or able to absorb those costs as needs change.”

ROBIN J. VOS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 63 – REPUBLICAN

Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Via the Washington Times (Jan. 2014):  “Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would like to vote on the bill next month. ‘I can’t see why Republicans or even some Democrats wouldn’t say this is an opportunity we should give every child,’ he said.”

Survey: No Answer.

PETER W. BARCA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 64 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110); Survey: No Answer.
TOD OHNSTAD ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 65 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
CORY MASON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 66 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Racine Journal Times, May 2013 “My biggest concern is what I heard from parents and educators: that these voucher schools will have none of the federal requirements, the education plan, the accountability, that the public schools do and that I find very concerning and it should give everybody pause.”
Survey: No Answer.
GARY L. STENE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 67 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “My answer is no. My feeling is that all schools should have to meet the same standards; that way we can compare apples and apples. I am a supporter of inclusive Public Education.”
TOM LARSON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 67 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
JEFF PECK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 68 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
KATHY BERNIER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 68 – REPUBLICAN

Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110, 2013 AB682).

From the pro-voucher American Federation for Children 2012 Election Impact Report: “Kathy Bernier (R), a freshman State Representative and cosponsor of the proposed Wisconsin Special Needs Scholarship, has spoken about her own son who has special needs, her frustration with the lack of options at that time, and how much she would have appreciated having access to a special needs scholarship. The Federation spent nearly $25,000 in this race through direct mail independent expenditures.”
Survey: No Answer.

NORBERT SALAMONSKI ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 69 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
BOB KULP ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 69 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
AMY SUE VRUWINK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 70 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
NANCY LYNN VANDER MEER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 70 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
KATRINA SHANKLAND ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 71 – DEMOCRATIC

Survey: “As a strong supporter of our public schools and advocate for people with disabilities, I oppose the special needs vouchers proposal in Wisconsin. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), every student with disabilities is entitled to a free and appropriate education. The special needs voucher program is not required to meet the needs of each student and comply with IDEA. Private schools don’t follow the same laws as public schools; they should not receive tax dollars.

It’s important to note that no statewide disability organization or special education administrator organization supports the special needs vouchers, and for good reason. Not only does the proposed program lack accountability and fraud measures, but also parents who accept vouchers must forfeit a child’s rights under state and federal special education law.

While voucher schools receive state funding, they are not required to comply with the same laws as our public schools, including following an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), ensuring that a child’s special needs are met through individualized curricula and therapies, and hiring qualified employees who can meet the needs of the students.

Private schools are not required to accept children with disabilities, and voucher schools could turn a student away at any time. If a student enrolled at a private school through the special needs voucher program is not being served, their only recourse is to enter a public school. Unfortunately, that money will not follow the student to the public school, leaving the school even more cash-strapped than before.

Diverting state funds to voucher schools comes at the cost of our neighborhood public schools that accommodate and serve the needs of all students. This threatens the fiscal sustainability of our local public schools and further puts at risk our rural public schools that are already struggling to keep their doors open. It also negatively affects the students with disabilities at the public school by taking funding away from the very resources they deserve.

It’s clear that the special needs vouchers do not serve the best interest of students with special needs and their parents. That must be why the only organizations in support of this proposal are from out of state.

DANA W. DUNCAN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 72 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
SCOTT S. KRUG ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 72 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Listed as one of the “Victories for Wisconsin Families” in the pro-voucher American Federation for Children 2012 Election Impact Report.
Survey: No Answer.
NICK MILROY ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 73 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
BETH MEYERS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 74 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support the creation of a statewide special needs vouchers program.  Our public schools have the ability to provide quality educational services to children with special needs. We struggle to meet the financial needs of our schools now; we can’t afford to fund a second school system.”
JAMEY FRANCIS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 74 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
STEPHEN SMITH ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 75 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
ROMAINE ROBERT QUINN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 75 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
CHRIS TAYLOR ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 76 – DEMOCRATIC

Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110).

Survey: “I absolutely oppose special needs voucher schools, and have been a vocal opponent against vouchers in general, and in particular, special needs vouchers.  When this was debated on the floor of the Assembly two sessions ago, I researched the Florida experience on special needs voucher and quoted newspaper reports that these schools treated special needs children like ‘laboratory rats’ and employed practices like segregation of special needs students and other practices long since abandoned.  Special needs voucher schools do not require an IEP, they do not have special education curriculum or instructors and have basically no standards in which to be accountable to special needs students and families.

I will continue to oppose voucher schools in general and vociferously oppose all attempts to establish special needs voucher schools here in Wisconsin.”

TERESE BERCEAU ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 77 – DEMOCRATIC

Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);

Asked about special needs vouchers in a constituent survey in 2014, finding overwhelming opposition

Survey: No Answer

LISA SUBECK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 78 – DEMOCRATIC

Campaign website: “She has advocated strongly against the privatization of our education system and has been on the front lines fighting the Governor’s attempts to move public school funding into an unaccountable  private voucher school program.”

Survey: “Absolutely not and I applaud the parents, advocates, guardians and educators who have been so eloquent and effective in advocating for children with disabilities on this issue. The fact is that parents surrender their rights when their children are in the private education sector. For children in those settings, they lose access to the required interventions and attention they receive in our public schools. Those rights and protections are hard won – through parent advocacy, through the courts, through the groundbreaking work of many in the disabilities community –  and are now enshrined in state and federal laws, from which voucher schools are exempt. In addition, special education vouchers would take millions of dollars directly from our public schools. Thankfully, other States have rejected these vouchers; but in news articles from States where they exist, like Florida, the stories have been horrific. I encourage all who care about our kids with disabilities to keep on opposing these vouchers and as a state legislator, I will stand with you in doing all I can to make sure special education vouchers do not come to Wisconsin.”

DIANNE HESSELBEIN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 79 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support special needs vouchers.  As a parent with a child who has an IEP I am fully aware of the many services and opportunities she has in our public school system.”
BRENT RENTERIA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 79 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
SONDY POPE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 80 – DEMOCRATIC

Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110).

Survey: “I do not support a ‘special needs voucher’ for Wisconsin for many reasons which include that parents give up their rights for protection and services for their child when they are taken from public school; there are no requirements for private schools to provide special education teachers, programs or services that are required of public schools; there is no guarantee that any particular curriculum is being provided; the reported information from private schools is not the same as that of public schools; there is no oversight of the use of the voucher money in order to know that any special services are being offered; there is no way to know if the students’ disability rights are being protected and special needs vouchers schools in other states have uncovered instances of abuse and neglect that is difficult to document in a private school setting until real harm has been done.  Wisconsin must provide a quality education for every student regardless of disability and removing special need students from the general school population is a form of segregation we should not tolerate.  Any money for this voucher program diminishes the pool of money available for all public school students and does not guarantee any particular outcomes in return.  Special needs vouchers are a dangerous and unaccountable proposition that preys on parents of special needs children who are searching for the best environment they can find for their children.  The advertising hype offered by some of these voucher schools can be misleading and exaggerated and there is little regulation to force more factual information in advertising.”

DAVE CONSIDINE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 81 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I just retired as a Special educator at the middle level Baraboo. I am opposed to all vouchers that are given to students and parents not enrolled in a school supervised and set up by local school boards. Private and parochial schools are awesome but not at the expense of the public schools and using money that should be going to public schools. Specifically I am very concerned about special education monies going out. As little as we are supervising voucher education, it would be really scary to subject special needs students to these changes.”
ASHTON KIRSCH ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 81 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
KEN SKOWRONSKI ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 82 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2013 AB682);
Survey: No Answer.
JIM BROWNLOW ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 83 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “No, I do not support the statewide special needs vouchers legislation. I support local public schools, the heart of our communities and the producers of our next generations of informed, impassioned citizens. Public schools awaken young people to what is possible, and equip them with skills to achieve their goals. On the other hand, there are corporatist interests who see our children as profit points, cynically scheming to siphon away tax money, even exploiting our most vulnerable citizens, children with special needs. We need to quickly end all the failed experiments called vouchers.”
DAVE CRAIG ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 83 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
MICHAEL KUGLITSCH ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 84 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
MANDY WRIGHT ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 85 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program. As a public school teacher I understand how critical it is to provide a great education for all children. Our special needs students are particularly vulnerable and therefore we have many federal protections like IDEA. Not only are there dangers to the child in attending a private school without federal protection but special needs vouchers would weaken the public schools ability to maintain high quality special education programming. “
DAVE HEATON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 85 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
NANCY STENCIL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 86 – DEMOCRATIC

Survey: “I am totally against voucher schools, period. I have been told of the three Friday rule, whereas a child with special needs can be sent back to the public schools if the voucher school can not accommodate that child’s needs….however the money stays with the voucher school.”

Press release: Stencil opposes vouchers for their lack of accountability. “It’s interesting,” says Stencil, “that at the same time the state legislature is micromanaging public school classrooms through stricter educator effectiveness requirements and increasingly rigorous student achievement guidelines, voucher and online schools are exempted from teacher quality standards and state-mandated student testing.”  This too, she says, is part of the strategy: starve public schools for funding, demoralize teachers, set unrealistic student achievement goals and then penalize schools with further funding cuts when they can’t possibly reach those goals. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: sabotage public schools, and when they struggle with diminished resources Republicans can say public schools are failing. Then the private sector steps in.

JOHN SPIROS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 86 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
RICHARD PULCHER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 87 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I do not support special needs vouchers!  If private schools want to help students with special needs they should do it as a charity, not as a way to get their hands on public educational money.”
JAMES W. EDMING ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 87 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
DAN ROBINSON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 88 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I oppose the creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin, as proposed in Wisconsin’s past two legislative sessions. I do so out of my firm belief that vouchers for any of our students, including special needs students, is not in the best interest of our students and of Wisconsin.”
JOHN MACCO ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 88 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JOHN NYGREN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 89 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
ERIC GENRICH ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 90 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
ERIC WIMBERGER ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 90 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
DANA WACHS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 91 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
CHRIS DANOU ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 92 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
ISAAC WEIX ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 92 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JEFF SMITH ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 93 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “Vouchers are such a bad idea under all circumstances, but even worse for special need students. Education for profit is a threat to this state and country and the promise of an education for all. We must continue to push back against the efforts to destroy public education.”
WARREN PETRYK ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 93 – REPUBLICAN Co-sponsored special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Listed as one of the “Victories for Wisconsin Families” in the pro-voucher American Federation for Children 2012 Election Impact Report.
Survey: No Answer.
STEVE DOYLE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 94 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
TRACIE HAPPEL ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 94 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
JILL BILLINGS ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 95 – DEMOCRATIC Voted No on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110); Survey: No Answer.
PETER FLESCH ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 96 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: “I oppose creation of a statewide special needs voucher program in Wisconsin. I believe Wisconsin needs to honor our commitment to provide access to high quality public education to all students, in all parts of the state.”
LEE NERISON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 96 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.
SCOTT ALLEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 97 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
ADAM NEYLON ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 98 – REPUBLICAN Survey: No Answer.
ALICE JENSEN ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 99 – DEMOCRATIC Survey: No Answer.
CHRIS KAPENGA ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 99 – REPUBLICAN Voted Aye on special needs vouchers (2011 AB110);
Survey: No Answer.

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