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Assembly passes bill to give special ed students aid to attend any school

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Special education students could get state aid to attend any public or private school they choose, under a bill passed by the state Assembly Tuesday night.

The vote was 55-39 to provide vouchers worth up to $13,500 a year.

The measure now goes to the Senate – and it has to pass in the next two days or it will die for the year.

Republicans say it would let disabled students go to private schools if they’re not getting what they need from the public schools. But Democrats say there are groups for the disabled who oppose the measure. And they said it’s part of a national effort to pull $80 million away from public schools to boost up private and religious schools.

Lawmakers worked well into the night to complete action on numerous bills before their session ends late Thursday. 

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