If you are concerned that 10 years of no state increase  in special education funding is having a negative impact on children with disabilities now is the time to act to request more funding in the state budget. Legislative leaders have indicated they will not support a proposed increase to cover at least 2/3 of special education costs.

Here are three quick steps you can take right now:

  1. Sign up for our April 2 webinar to get the best information on what’s happening. Register here.
  2. Contact Senator Luther Olsen now and share your concerns. Ask for the state to increase its share of funding to at cover least 60% of special education costs. (608) 266-0751; 
  3. Complete this survey to allow us so share your story and concerns.

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Educate yourself and share this this handout with your legislator and your community.

Check out how the state’s support for special education has reduced over time.

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What you need to know:

  • 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.
  • Currently, the state covers just one-quarter of all special education costs.
  • The Governor’s proposal would increase that reimbursement to 60% by 2021.
  • This would provide a critical increase of $600 million in state funding to local districts.
  • Legislative leaders say they will not support this proposed increase.
  • Legislators are not hearing from families requesting this increase.

More details on what you can do:

Contact Senator Luther Olsen, education lead for the Joint Finance Committee, and share your story of how lack of special education funding has affected your child and your school district.

  • Send an email or call the office.  Email: Sen.Olsen@legis.wi.gov; (608) 266-0751
  • Be sure to include a picture of your child with your story.
  • Make sure you tell why this investment is important to your child and your school district.
  • Contact your legislators and share your story with them and ask them to support the increase. https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov
  • Register for the April 2nd Webinar: Protect and Improve Special Education in the Budget

Please take the following short survey and consider sharing a picture of your child/family so we can let legislators know how important it is to adequately fund special education. The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is collecting these stories to share with legislators.