Dane County School Closure Order Invalidated

By |2021-06-11T16:44:07+00:00June 11th, 2021|Blog|

Last August, days after some schools had opened and days before most schools were ready to open, the Dane County Health Department issued a school closure order for all schools, public and private serving grades 3-12. School Choice Wisconsin Action, along with several private schools and other stakeholders, immediately filed suit through the Wisconsin Institute [...]

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Emergency Assistance For Non-Public Schools (EANS) Roundtable

By |2021-06-01T17:21:30+00:00May 17th, 2021|Blog|

Due to the evolving nature of EANS funding, School Choice Wisconsin Action (SCWA) hosted a roundtable discussion on May 12, 2021 for school staff members to ask questions and share information. Our panel included Lori Saqer of Messmer High School, Brian Frank of St Augustine Preparatory Academy, and Donna Bembenek of Catholic Memorial High School. [...]

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SCWA and WILL Secure Concession from MPS on Transportation

By |2021-06-03T20:01:13+00:00May 11th, 2021|Blog|

MPS is moving forward with a current-law application of transportation benefits with private schools and parents for the entire school year. They have made commitments to legislators that their intent is to fully allocate eligible resources by June 30, earlier if possible. In April, School Choice Wisconsin Action was instrumental in getting AB160 / SB221 [...]

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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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Students in Parental Choice Programs Outperform Peers

By |2021-06-01T21:10:20+00:00May 17th, 2017|Blog|

Data released today by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) shows that again this year, students in the Parental Choice Programs are outperforming their peers. As with all test data, a one-year snapshot has limitations but the trend of higher scores for students on a voucher is great news for students and taxpayers. “All three [...]

Sup. Tony Evers Contradicts Himself In Swipe At School Choice

By |2021-06-01T18:23:09+00:00May 17th, 2017|Blog|

The US Department of Justice launched an investigation concerning discrimination against students with disabilities by private schools in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) after the ACLU and Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) filed a compliant. After four years, the DOJ closed the investigation without finding any discrimination. Of importance, however, was that the investigation used [...]

Statement on WILL Test Score Study

By |2021-06-03T20:02:48+00:00March 1st, 2017|Blog|

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) released the results of a study on standardized test scores that accounted for socioeconomic factors for all school sectors across Wisconsin.  Here are some of the highlights of the test score study: Students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) scored 5% higher in reading proficiency and [...]

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