Joint Finance Committee to take action on Special Education Budget

The Joint Finance Committee will take action on the Special Education Budget on Thursday, May 23rd.  The Survival Coalition is releasing a report that was prepared and delivered to Joint Finance at the Green Bay Hearing.  Families provided their stories to show why additional funding is needed for special education in Wisconsin public schools. You can link to the stories HERE

 Survival also asks that you take action before Thursday to contact your legislators:

ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR NOW– Joint Finance Votes on Special Education Funding Thursday, May 23.

  •  Special education funding has not increased across Wisconsin in the last decade and parents are reporting the impact on their children with disabilities.
  • Governor Evers’ proposed state budget calls for a significant increase in special education funding to stop the $2 billion shortfall for school districts across Wisconsin.
  • Joint Finance to consider three options; A. the Governor’s Recommendation; B. an increase of only 1% a year for the next 10 years, or C. an increase of 5.5% increase over the next two years.  This is between 91% and 75% less than the Governor’s recommendations.
  • The Governor’s proposal would increase that reimbursement to 60% by 2021 and meets the 65% increases in costs over the last decade.
  • Funding provides more money for all kids in public school.

Contact Your Legislator today and tell them you support the Governor’s Budget Recommendation-Option A-  $600 million and NOT the alternative options B and C.     Kids with disabilities will continue to be in crisis without the $600 million in funding.  Now is the time to invest in ALL students.

 To find your legislator : https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov