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Senate GOP group wants update on private voucher school investigation

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Eight Wisconsin Senate Republicans have asked the state's education agency for an update on a federal investigation into private voucher schools.  

It was about a year ago when the U.S. Justice Department got complaints that private schools which get tax money to educate low-income kids don't adequately address special needs.  

A Justice official said it could not comment on the status of the investigation.  

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and seven other conservative Republicans said they were concerned about a lack of information on the matter. They said the probe appeared to expose what they called a "troubling federal overreach" into Wisconsin's education system.  

According to the Department of Public Instruction, there's not much to say.

The Justice Department asked the DPI to gather information about the numbers of disabled students in each grade in the voucher schools -- and what the disabilities were.  

The state agency replied that it did not the authority to demand that kind information from the private schools. John Johnson of the DPI says there's been no real correspondence after that.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)