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Conservatives upset over DPI getting info on voucher schools and disabled students

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Conservatives are crying foul, as the state's education agency gathers information from private schools about tax-funded voucher students with disabilities.

It's part of a reported federal investigation into complaints that tax-funded voucher schools are rejecting disabled youngsters.

The U.S. Justice Department began receiving those complaints in 2011. GOP legislative leaders accuse the state Department of Public Instruction of trying to undermine the voucher program.

On Monday, Senate Republican Paul Farrow of Pewaukee fired off a series of questions for State Superintendent Tony Evers. Farrow accused Evers of being biased against the private school choice program, that was expanded statewide on a limited basis last fall.

DPI spokesman John Johnson says it's voluntary for private schools to offer up their data. He says the DPI is only trying to ensure that there's no discrimination taking place.

A number of Democrats have been speaking out to support the inquiry, saying it's important that voucher schools be held accountable. The DPI is asking voucher schools to respond by June 30th.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)