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Proceedings from the DPI Candidates’ Forum on Special Education

The Candidate Forum on Special Education: Policies and Priorities was held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The moderator for the event was UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services Dean Fred Yeo. This strictly non-partisan forum was not part of any endorsement process. DRW has compiled a guide to the forum. To read the guide click here: DPI candidate forum booklet.

The guide is a product of Disability Rights Wisconsin and is meant to highlight the most important issues for students with disabilities and their families. Each State Superintendent candidate was asked the same set of questions about special education policies and priorities, covering the topics of funding, voucher programs, accountability and the achievement gap, mental health, teacher training, bullying, and seclusion and restraint. Each candidate was given the same amount of time to answer the questions asked at the forum.

The quotes featured in this guide are transcriptions of the candidates’ answers to the planned questions, which they were given in advance. These are the questions that are featured in this guide. The candidates also answered several questions from audience members. Only the seven planned questions are contained in the booklet.