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  •  It's true, the schools that take the AB110 (14+ / 0-)

    vouchers would not be required to provide an education for that amount.  The family would be on the hook for the difference.

    There actually isn't much available in the way of autism-schools in Wisconsin.  I worry that we'll see an influx of profit-driven schools popping up to take advantage of the new vouchers -- much more worrisome to me than the one autism school near here, which is the product of great determination and verve on the part of a local mom!  I have friends whose daughter goes there, and they're very pleased with it.  I'm sure they'd like the help to continue educating their daughter there.  Sigh -- there are definitely complexities here.

    And yes, the thought of fundamentalist schools taking on kids with special needs, without the protections offered by IDEA, is a highly worrisome prospect.

    If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

    by AnnieJo on Sun May 08, 2011 at 04:39:39 AM PDT

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    •  Many of the for profit schools that would pop up (15+ / 0-)

      would likely be of low quality--especially if they served low income children with special needs. It costs a great deal of money to hire people with the right qualifications to care for and educate these children--and many for profit entities would be looking for ways  to maximize their profits.

      In my own community, the school board did away with the district's janitorial staff and hired a private contractor last year. As a result, the schools are not being kept as clean--and already, it has been discovered that two of the private contractors' employees had criminal backgrounds--one was wanted in another state for selling meth, and the other was on the sex offender registry in yet another state. These kinds of incidents are what worry me the most about allowing for profit entities to educate special needs kids.

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