Disability Rights Wisconsin Applauds Renewed Investment in Students with Disabilities Budget Proposal Addresses Eroded Funding Concerns; Supports a Better Bottom Line
Disability Rights Wisconsin applauds the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s 2015-2017 biennial budget request released today that includes $108 million in investments for students with disabilities. Children with disabilities across Wisconsin should be able to get the quality education supports they need to achieve educational proficiency with their peers and gain the skills necessary to live independently and be employed – if the special education proposals in the Department of Public Instruction’s budget request move forward in the Wisconsin Legislature.
The budget DPI released today will reverse six years of flat lined funding for students with disabilities. Included among the requests are several jobs-focused proposals that direct and incentivize schools to focus on securing employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities prior to exiting school. These proposals align with Governor Walker’s Better Bottom Line initiative that have increased Wisconsin’s investments in employment of people with disabilities.