Lawmaker promises to pass special needs vouchers

Bill failed to pass last year
Lawmaker promises to pass special needs vouchers

A Republican lawmaker whose daughter has Down syndrome says a bill to create a voucher program to help students with special needs attend private school in Wisconsin will pass “one way or another.”

Rep. John Jagler said Thursday the issue is his top priority and he will be discussing it with Gov. Scott Walker when they meet before the start of the legislative session in January.

Jagler introduced a bill last year that failed to pass. Republicans are returning next year with larger majorities in both the Senate and Assembly, something Jagler says will help the measure’s chances.

A conservative group on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the current open enrollment program is unconstitutional because public schools can reject students with disabilities who want to transfer.