Public schools aren’t always required to serve all students and this fact served as an impetus for the creation of Wisconsin’s new special needs voucher program. The program, signed into law on Sunday, allows special needs students to enroll in private schools if they A) have been enrolled in a public school at least one year and B) if they were previously rejected by another school district for open enrollment.
The eligibility requirements are tight, but it stems from a lawsuit claiming districts are denying school transfers because the student has a special need. Ironically, this is a charge usually levied by school choice critics to attack charter and private school options.
The program begins during the 2016-17 school year and the scholarships will be worth about $12,000.