NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin response over vouchers mirrors Louisiana

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The backlash over a request for information about disabled students in Wisconsin's voucher school program is looking a lot like the Republican response to a similar U.S. Department of Justice investigation in Louisiana.

In Louisiana, DOJ tried to block the state from issuing future vouchers in districts under desegregation orders unless the state first obtained federal court permission. But Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal used it against Democrats, accusing President Barack Obama of trying to deny school choice to poor children.

Wisconsin Republicans are taking a similar approach, saying DOJ is working with the state Department of Public Instruction to intimidate voucher schools and undermine the program.

DPI spokesman John Johnson says the information request is voluntary and state officials are trying to "ensure there are not any discriminatory practices occurring."

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