From a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) release:
The DPI has posted a list of the 84 schools that have registered to participate in the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP) for the 2018-19 school year. The list includes 56 schools that will be new to the program. The application period begins July 1.
Created as part of 2015 Act 55 (the 2015-17 biennial budget), the Special Needs Scholarship
Program allows a child with a disability, who meets eligibility requirements, to receive a scholarship to attend a participating private school chosen by the child’s parents or guardians. To be eligible for a scholarship, the child must have an individualized education program (IEP) or services plan that meets program requirements. Parents and guardians of students new to the Special Needs Scholarship Program may apply for scholarships beginning July 1 and throughout the course of the school year. Eligible students who are already participating in the program will not have to reapply to be eligible for a scholarship.
For the 2018-19 school year, participating private schools will receive $12,424 per full-time
equivalent student for full-scholarship students. Returning SNSP students who no longer have a disability may receive a partial scholarship, which is equal to the aid paid for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.
Editor’s Note: In the 2017-18 school year, 28 private schools and 244 (FTE) students participated in the Special Needs Scholarship Program, affecting 25 public school districts, which saw their state aid reduced by collective total of just under $3 million. The program is estimated to triple in scope next year to roughly 750 students and an estimated cost of over $9 million.