Advocates want an increase from state in special ed funding
RACINE — Advocates for people with disabilities want the Wisconsin Legislature’s Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding to consider how funding changes will affect special education.
In December, the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations sent a letter to the co-chairmen of the commission, state Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, and state Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, asking that an expert on how funding impacts students with disabilities be added to the commission.
The commission, which was formed in early December, will begin traveling the state this year to conduct public hearings on school funding. The commission will then make recommendations to the Legislature.
“As you know, chronic underfunding of special education is a serious concern in most Wisconsin school districts,” the letter read.
According to the coalition — made up of 30 statewide disability organizations — special education funding from the state has remained flat for 10 years as costs have increased.