Take Action on the Special Education Budget

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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. Find your legislator here. 

Read the full Survival Coalition stories report.

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