Saturday, August 24th, 2019

DPI special needs scholarship rules attract no opposition at hearing


Some days you drive to Madison just to sit and twiddle your thumbs. If DPI proposes rules and nobody speaks against them, do they make a sound?

MADISON, Wis. – Despite the controversy surrounding passage of the law, nobody testified at Tuesday’s public hearing on the permanent administrative rules for Wisconsin’s Special Needs Scholarship Program.

It was a mostly empty house at the Department of Public Instruction event in Madison.

“The first speaker for today’s hearing is person number one. The first person signed up on the form,” said Colleen Uhlenkamp, a special needs education consultant with DPI running the public hearing. “Did anybody sign up on the form?”

The answer was no. Only two members of the public in attendance, employees of the Racine Unified School District, and they chose not to speak at the hearing. Two employees of the Cudahy school district briefly attended the hearing at the start but left without offering testimony.

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