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2011-13 Wisconsin Budget could be devestating to special education students

With a more than $800 million cut in general school aid, the 2011 Biennial State Budget proposed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker could lead to less supports for, and greater segregation of, special education students. Local school districts will be forced to make drastic cuts, leading to larger class sizes and less hands-on assistance for students who require special accommodations for learning. The budget will also reduce local revenue caps by 5.5%, making it extremely difficult for local districts to raise money locally. Despite these drastic cuts to public education, the Governor is proposing a $40 million increase for school choice, charter schools and open enrollment, and extending these options to families with much higher incomes. Special education students are often not afforded the luxury of taking advantage of such options and therefore will not benefit from this funding increase.

If you have a child that is receiving special education services, it is imperative that you contact your legislators and let them know how these cuts will impact your child's ability to succeed in school and life itself. The services your child receives now will lay the groundwork for the rest of their lives. We must fight for our children's rights to receive a decent public education that will allow them to excel now and into the future!

What can you do?

Check out the Survival Coalition’s Budget Talking Points. See page 3 for Special Education

Attend a Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing:

  • Thursday, April 7 (10 am – 6 pm). UW-Stevens Point (Lee Dreyfus University Center, Melvin Laird Room), Stevens Point
  • Friday, April 8 (10 am – 5 pm). Northwood School Richard’s Auditorium, Highway 53, Minong
  • Monday, April 11 (10 am – 6 pm). State Fair Park, Expo Center Hall A, West Allis
  • Wednesday, April 13. (10 am – 6 pm). Arcadia High School Auditorium, Arcadia
  • If you plan to attend one of the hearings, be certain to check out the 5 Steps for A Successful Meeting with a Legislator, provided by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.

    Also, be certain to bring copies of your testimony in writing, at least 16, one for each of the committee members. Try to keep your testimony under three minutes and be certain to combine your personal story with accurate statistics.

    Write the Committee by April 15, 2011

  • Via e-mail: budgetcomments@legis.wisconsin.gov
  • Via mail: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53703

  • Action Alert! April 5, 2011 - The following article is sent from DAWN encouraging people with disabilities to get out and vote next Tuesday, April 5th in important elections across the state of Wisconsin.

    We are posting an important Wisconsin Legislative Action Alert to our members, about next week's Wisconsin Elections from DAWN.

    "On April 5, 2011, voters statewide will be choosing a Wisconsin State Supreme Court judge. Voters also will be choosing local officials, such as circuit court judges and town, village, city, county, and school board officials. It is very important that the disability community takes part in this election.

    The two candidates for Wisconsin State Supreme Court judge are David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg. David Prosser’s campaign website is http://www.justiceprosser.com/ and JoAnne Kloppenburg’s campaign website is http://www.kloppenburgforjustice.com/

    While bills to require a photo ID at the polls are currently being considered by the Legislature, the law has not yet changed. "Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. People already registered to vote just need to give poll workers a name and address. Photo identification is not required. People can still register the day of the election at the polling place. A document, such as a utility bill, Wisconsin photo I.D., or rental lease, is needed to prove where the voter lives."

    "Disability Rights Wisconsin has a toll-free voter assistance hotline if you have questions or encounter trouble voting at the polls. The toll-free number is 1-800-928-8778 (voice) or 1-888-758-6049 (TTY). The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities has a publication about voting rights available for download from http://www.wi-bpdd.org/publications/pub_by_category.cfm?catid=26"


    Action Alert! - April 1, 2011 - Independence First announces Information Briefing at their offices on the Budget Repair Bill - Milwaukee - Free - RSVP if you can

    Review the Budget Briefing Flyer from IndependenceFirst for more information. IndependenceFirst at 540 S. 1st Street, Milwaukee, will host a State Budget Briefing sponsored by Make It Work! Milwaukee that will focus on disability and aging services, Friday, April 1, 2011. Bring your lunch, RSVP to Melinda@arcmilwaukee.org. Environmental/Chemical Sensitivity Policy: We request that guests not use perfumes, scented soaps, etc. Independence First is a smoke-free environment.


    Action Alert! March 31, 2011 - DAWN announces Information Briefings on the Budget Repair Bill - Oshkosh and La Crosse - Free and Open to the Public

    The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families will hold Brown Bag State Budget Information Briefings with time for questions and answers in Oshkosh on March 31 and in La Crosse on April 4. Disability issues overlap with children and families issues. These are great opportunities to learn more about the state budget and have your questions answered.

    The briefings will be held:

    Oshkosh
    Thursday, March 31
    Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    First Congregational Church
    137 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901

    La Crosse
    Monday, April 4
    11:45 am
    La Crosse County Health and Human Services
    Basement Auditorium
    300 4th St N, La Crosse

    These events are free! Just bring your lunch and questions about the state budget.


    Action Alert! February 28, 2011 - Governor's Budget Repair Bill will give power to the Governor's newly appointed director of the Department of Health Services for the Wisconsin Medicaid program without legislative oversight or public input - an important change that will impact 1.1 million Medicaid recipients across the state.

    The bill will allow the Governor and Joint Finance Committee to receive input from, Dennis Smith, Walker's recently appointed director of Department of Health Services for the Wisconsin Medicaid program. He and the Governor will be able to delegate authority about elegibility, reduced services, and co-pays and premiums and to make changes to the Medicaid program without legislative oversight or public input. These changes would have an enormous impact on adults and children with disabilities and others who depend on these services every day. Disability Advocates believe that for any changes to the Medicaid program our legislatures must do the hard work of investigating through bipartisan committee, reviewing public input and trying to do the best they can through the democratic process to serve the people of our state.

    If you also have concerns about the Medicaid program, contact your state representative and state senator as soon as possible.

    To find out who are your state representative and senator, go to Legislators Wisconsin


    Action Alert! February 21, 2011 - Governor's Budget Repair Bill will give power to the Governor and Joint Finance to change Wisconsin Medicaid without legislative oversight or public input - important change that will impact 1.1 million Medicaid recipients across the state.

    The following has been sent from an action alert by the DAWN (Disability Advocates Wisconsin Network):

    The State Senate and State Assembly will vote on the Governor's Budget Repair Bill to fix the budget deficit in the current fiscal year this week. The bill contains an important change that will impact Medicaid and the 1.1 million Medicaid recipients across the state. The bill as amended will allow the Governor and Joint Finance Committee to make changes to the Medicaid program without legislative oversight or public input.

    The changes in the Governor's Budget Repair Bill could be to recipients of Medicaid including eligibility for children, parents and uninsured adults, reduced services and benefits in programs that serve elderly and persons with disabilities, including BadgerCare, SeniorCare, Family Care, children's waivers and other vital programs or changes in co-pays and premiums without legislative oversight or any public input. For example, the Governor and Joint Finance Committee could decide to increase cost sharing by program participants and allow providers to deny services to people who couldn’t pay the cost share. These changes would have an enormous impact on adults and children with disabilities and others who depend on these services every day.

    If you also have concerns about the Medicaid program, contact your state representative and state senator as soon as possible. They may be voting on the budget repair bill as early as Tuesday of this week.

    Disability advocates believe that any changes to the Medicaid program must be made with public input and the involvement of the entire legislature. They believe that these Medicaid provisions should be taken out of the budget repair bill.

    To find out who are your state representative and senator, go to Legislators Wisconsin


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