Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) today sent the following letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the Justice Department’s (DOJ) application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its potential impact on Wisconsin’s school voucher program, which the Congressman strongly supports:
Dear Attorney General Lynch:
I understand that your agency is in receipt of my letter dated March 19, 2015, regarding the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) years-long federal investigation into the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP). It is my hope that your agency is working expeditiously to draft a response as promised by your predecessor.
As I said in my previous letter, the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is clear and should not be misapplied. I continue to worry that the DOJ is inappropriately applying ADA standards intended for public schools against private institutions. The incorrect application of Title II ADA standards will have a devastating effect on the sustainability of MPCP, a program that serves 26,930 means-tested, low-income students. Congress crafted the dual standard explicitly to avoid these hardships.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter, and I look forward to a reply very soon.