What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : H.R. 1350. Special Education Reauthorization/Vote to Provide Disabled Students with Vouchers to Attend Private Schools. (2003 house Roll Call 152)
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H.R. 1350. Special Education Reauthorization/Vote to Provide Disabled Students with Vouchers to Attend Private Schools.
house Roll Call 152     Apr 30, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

The subject of this vote is very similar to the previous one (see Roll Call Vote #151). Instead of channeling federal money to states for disabled children to attend private schools as the unsuccessful DeMint (R-SC) amendment would have done, the Musgrave amendment would have allowed school districts to provide parents of disabled children in private schools with a certificate (or voucher) for the child's special education needs. Progressives opposed the Musgrave voucher program because the protections and rights granted to disabled students in the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) are limited to those attending public schools; disabled students who attend a private schools have no legal guarantees that they receive an adequate education. Progressives argued that taxpayer money should not be spent on private school vouchers without mechanisms in place to insure that private schools are accountable for the education they provide to disabled students. The Musgrave amendment was defeated on a 176-247 vote.

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