Archive for November, 2011

Education Budget Cuts-Parent Survey

The Wisconsin legislature cut $1.6 billion from the 2011-13 public education budget. Parents of children with disabilities have important information to share about how cuts may be impacting their children in their classrooms. If you have one or more children with disabilities attending public school in Wisconsin, you can participate in a short survey to collect this information: Education Budget Cuts Survey.

The survey asks for basic information about your child’s experience in school this year compared to last year. You will also be able to tell your child’s story in your own words. You can indicate that you want your answers included in the survey results anonymously. Or, you can give us your child’s first name. You also can supply a picture of your child for possible use in a report documenting any impacts budget cuts have had on Wisconsin public schools.

Please share this survey with other parents who have children with disabilities and with school staff and disability organizations that can disseminate it. We will publish survey results widely – with the general public, Governor, and legislators.

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact any of the survey sponsors toll-free:

- The Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) 888-332-1677
- Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) 800-928-8778
- Wisconsin FACETS 877-374-0511

Equal Justice Fund Tribute to Lynn Breedlove

In their recent annual dinner program, the Equal Justice Fund included a tribute to Lynn Breedlove. The Equal Justice Fund raises monies for 3 WI legal service providers: DRW, Legal Aid Society, and Legal Action of WI. Lynn has served on the Equal Justice Board since 1997. Click the following link to read the tribute: EJF Tribute to Lynn.

Lynn Breedlove receives Self-Determination Award

On November 9, Lynn Breedlove received the first Diehard Lifetime Achievement Award, “in recognition for distinguished service and a tireless commitment to self-determination.” The award was presented at the annual Self Determination Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

Congratulations, Lynn!

Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction responds to voucher discrimination complaint

The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) has issued a formal response to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, which is investigating the disability discrimination complaint which DRW brought with the ACLU against the Milwaukee Parental Choice (voucher) Program. You can read national converage of this story in this Huffington Post article: Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction responds to voucher discrimination complaint.

Click the following link for a post from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: State, civil rights group disagree about how voucher schools should adhere to disability rights laws.