Ali Schwartz

Ali Schwartz

School Choice Wisconsin Welcomes Linda Appleby as Director of Development

January 10, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE School Choice Wisconsin Welcomes Linda Appleby as Director of Development   WEST ALLIS, Wis. (January 10, 2023) – Linda Appleby will join School Choice Wisconsin as Director of Development effective January 16, 2023, according to Nicholas Kelly, SCW President. Appleby has extensive experience in complex fundraising environments, including healthcare, higher education, and religious organizations. She brings a deep commitment to parental choice and has worked actively to expand options and improve educational results in her hometown of Beloit. “Linda brings an entrepreneurial spirit and an innovative approach to fundraising that has produced remarkable results. We were struck…

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School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Data Snapshot Prep Webinar

October 27, 2022

School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Customer Service Team hosted a webinar on October 26, 2022 to assist your school’s staff in preparing for the upcoming data snapshot on December 6, 2022. You’ll learn about the WISEdata tools used to verify the accuracy of the data that is used to generate school report cards and how to use the WISEdata Portal most efficiently. The data that will be captured in the snapshot will also be reviewed, including 2021-22 Year End Attendance and Completion, 2022–23 Third Friday of September Enrollment, and student demographics.   Title: School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Data Snapshot…

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SCW Data Tables

October 17, 2022

MPCP ELA   Proficient & Advanced Choice +/-  MPCP 3rd Grade 12%   MPS 3rd Grade – Low 8% 4% MPS 3rd Grade – Full 11% 1%       MPCP 4th Grade 17%   MPS 4th Grade – Low 10% 7% MPS 4th Grade – Full 14% 3%       MPCP 5th Grade 17%   MPS 5th Grade – Low 10% 7% MPS 5th Grade – Full 14% 3%       MPCP 6th Grade 22%   MPS 6th Grade – Low 11% 11% MPS 6th Grade – Full 15% 7%       MPCP 7th Grade 22%…

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Results again show that parental choice programs work for parents, students and schools

September 29, 2022

For Immediate Release September 29, 2022 Contact: Nicholas Kelly On September 29, 2022, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the state test scores via the Wisconsin Student Assessment System. As in prior years, students in Wisconsin’s school choice programs outperformed traditional public school students on the college-readiness ACT exam. “This continuing pattern is quite noteworthy,” said Nic Kelly, School Choice Wisconsin president. He added: “The fact that choice students from low-income and working-class families score higher on average than public school students is consistent with other data and research. Despite taxpayer funding at 60% of public school levels, choice…

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Statement from School Choice Wisconsin and Bender Consulting LLC

September 23, 2022

For Immediate Release September 23, 2022 Contact: Nicholas J. Kelly Statement from School Choice Wisconsin and Bender Consulting LLC: School Choice Wisconsin (SCW) and Jim Bender, after more than a decade of success working together to advance educational options for parents, are moving forward on different paths but will remain allies in the fight for school choice. “SCW is grateful to Jim for his service. He has been an effective advocate for our mission of providing parental choice to all families,” said SCW Board Chair Bob DeKoch. “We continue to share a commitment to that goal.” As SCW President and…

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August 4, 2022

A webinar brought to you by School Choice Wisconsin, in partnership with Dr. Nicole Brady and UnitedHealthcare, on the important issues of concussions.   Title: Concussions Date: August 3, 2022   Watch the recording

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What We’re Reading: Choice has grown exponentially

August 3, 2022

As the 2022­–23 school year draws nearer, we’re seeing a flood of articles across the U.S. media supporting school choice. Some articles focus on the new or enhanced programs in Arizona, Tennessee and elsewhere as the choice universe has grown exponentially. In 2021, 19 states enacted 32 new or expanded choice policies. Other articles point out that the pandemic and some public schools’ reactions to it have pulled many parents toward choice. The pandemic also exposed curriculum and content that some parents found objectionable or a waste of time. A scan of the media also shows that polling is looking…

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School Choice Wisconsin sees increase in schools wanting to join choice program

August 2, 2022

Good news for educational freedom: School Choice Wisconsin is seeing an increase in entrepreneurial activity on the statewide school landscape. In the last two months, eight schools have reached out to SCW for onboarding assistance as they seek to participate in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. The statewide Wisconsin Parental Choice Program provides students whose families meet income qualifications the ability to attend a participating private or religious school of their choice, tuition free. Of the eight schools who reached out to School Choice Wisconsin, five are new start-ups. The five are in various stages of planning and launching. The…

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School choice a topic at last night’s GOP debate

July 25, 2022

Last night Marquette University hosted a GOP primary debate featuring three Republican candidates. Two of the candidates, Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Michels, voiced support for universal school choice during the debate. Candidate Tim Ramthun has expressed support for universal choice on his website but made no comment on the subject last night. School choice continues to be a major topic of discussion among all parties here in Wisconsin. A statewide primary is set for Aug. 9. — School Choice Wisconsin

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What We’re Reading: Confidence in public schools down

July 19, 2022

Periodically School Choice Wisconsin provides you with news on happenings and trends in school choice and education in general. Among the most interesting news of late is a Gallup poll saying Americans’ confidence in U.S. public schools remains low, with 28% saying they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the institution. That figure is down from 41% in 2020. “Americans’ confidence in public schools increased early in the coronavirus pandemic as people rallied around professions that were severely disrupted by the economic shutdown, but that subsided a year ago and confidence has returned to its…

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