Sen. Ron Johnson’s Beltway Blunder: The "Let's Discriminate Against Students With Disabilities" Edition

Jul 01, 2016

Senator Johnson tried to pull a fast one on students with disabilities this week. In classic Washington fashion, Johnson buried a shameful amendment in an unrelated bill that would allow private schools that receive taxpayer money to discriminate against students with disabilities. If passed, it would prevent the Justice Department from investigating private schools that receive vouchers, but do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Senator Johnson knew the amendment was bad news for students with disabilities, that’s why he hid it from the public. He hoped no one would notice except his wealthy donors who have pushed for more voucher programs. Truth is, Senator Johnson is not interested in what is best for Wisconsin’s students; he’s interested in what is best for his donors.