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SCW’s comments on Governor Evers’ Budget Proposal

By |2021-05-24T21:17:43+00:00February 17th, 2021|Press Releases|

For Immediate Release Contact: Jim Bender, Government Affairs and Public Policy Consultant School Choice Wisconsin Brookfield, WI – The following is a statement from School Choice Wisconsin’s Government Affairs and Public Policy Consultant, Jim Bender on Governor Evers’ budget provision calling for the freezing of enrollment in the Parental Choice Programs: "There is a clear [...]

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Wisconsin Parents Want Flexibility

By |2021-05-25T20:13:40+00:00January 27th, 2021|Press Releases|

For Immediate Release Contact: Jim Bender, School Choice Wisconsin bender@parentchoice.org 414.319.9160 Brookfield, WI - In celebration of National School Choice Week, School Choice Wisconsin is releasing an OnMessage statewide education poll that shows Wisconsin parents have a strong desire for educational flexibility during the COVID pandemic. School Choice Wisconsin commissioned the poll of 800 Wisconsin [...]

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School Choice Wisconsin President Jim Bender To Step Down End of 2020

By |2021-05-25T17:24:20+00:00November 18th, 2020|Press Releases, Uncategorized|

Contacts: Susan Mitchell, 414.232.4324 Jim Bender, 920.222.5427 Brookfield, WI -  School Choice Wisconsin (SCW) President Jim Bender will step down at the end of the year to form his own business, Bender Consulting, LLC.  SCW will begin immediately to recruit a new president, SCW board chair Susan Mitchell said. “Jim has led SCW through a [...]

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New Study Finds More Positive Effects of Parental Choice Program

By |2021-05-25T18:09:24+00:00August 31st, 2020|Press Releases|

Research Shows Reduction in Crime Rate and Paternity Suits: Last week the University of Arkansas released another follow-up study on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Since its original study more than a decade ago, researchers have been able to follow up on the original students to measure real-life impacts of the program. Once again, researchers [...]

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Milwaukee Schools Can’t Reopen Under Current COVID-19 Restrictions

By |2021-06-01T17:37:01+00:00July 27th, 2020|Blog|

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Milwaukee schools and universities that have been planning to offer face-to-face instruction this fall may need to shift gears after the city health department quietly enacted stricter guidelines for when in-person classes may resume." Later in the article, Jim Bender explained that schools had been blindsided by Milwaukee area health [...]

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor of School Choice

By |2021-05-25T19:14:56+00:00June 30th, 2020|Press Releases, Uncategorized|

Espinoza v Montana Ruling Finds Montana DOR Violated First Amendment In a 5-4 decision, Justice Roberts writes that prohibiting religious schools from publicly-funded education programs violates the First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause of the US Constitution. In a shot directly at the basis for Blaine amendments of many states, banning entities from public programs simply [...]

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School Choice Programs Continue Rapid Growth

By |2021-05-25T21:04:38+00:00October 15th, 2019|Press Releases|

Wisconsin Program Sees 37% Growth Enrollment for the Parental Choice Programs for 2019-20 show significant growth once again per DPI. Please see the tables below for headcount data and important information about DPI data releases meant to mislead the media/public with regards to prior year enrollment. “Year over year, the Parental Choice Programs continue [...]

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Parental Choice Program Students Have Higher Scores…Again.

By |2021-05-25T19:52:34+00:00September 13th, 2019|Press Releases|

For Immediate Release September 12, 2019 Contact: Jim Bender DPI gets an “F” on transparency by withholding crucial data from media Test results released yesterday by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) show that again this year, students in the Parental Choice Programs are outperforming their full-income, public-school peers on the ACT. As with [...]

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Special Needs Scholarship Program Grows Again

By |2021-05-25T20:26:47+00:00July 10th, 2019|Press Releases, Uncategorized|

For Immediate Release July 10, 2019 Contact: Jim Bender, School Choice Wisconsin Additional Schools Join Program for 2019-20 School Year The Department of Public Instruction recently released the list of participating private schools for the 2019-20 school year in the Special Needs Scholarship Program(SNSP). The SNSP will now have 104 schools participating. The 2019-20 school [...]

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A Wise Investment – Choice and Charter Dollars Generate Higher Report Card Scores

By |2021-06-03T19:53:36+00:00May 20th, 2019|Press Releases|

For Immediate Release May 20, 2019 Contact: Corey DeAngelis Contact: School Choice Wisconsin With State Budget Decisions Near, Study Shows ROI in Education is Clear A new study by Corey DeAngelis of the Reason Foundation calculates the productivity of public dollars for three education sectors in Wisconsin. By comparing local and state investments in [...]

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