- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature’s budget committee has voted to create a special needs voucher program in Wisconsin, a divisive proposal that’s been floated and rejected several times in recent years.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted early Wednesday morning to create a special needs voucher program that will work similar to the open enrollment program for public school students.

A coalition of disabilities rights groups oppose the special needs vouchers, saying it drains money from public schools that are required to educate the students and those who accept the vouchers will not have the same protections under federal law that they receive in public school.

The vouchers would be $12,000 per student.

Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren says disabled students should not be left out of the voucher program.

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