Arizona goes big on school choice

By |2022-06-30T14:55:43+00:00June 30th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

Big choice news out of Arizona this week. The state legislature has passed and Gov. Doug Ducey is expected to sign a bill that will allow all the state’s students to take education funding to a school of their families’ choice. The bill will give all K-12 students in the state access to tax-funded ESAs—Empowerment [...]

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Bridge week? School Choice Wisconsin questions scheduling practice

By |2022-06-23T21:43:11+00:00June 23rd, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

Recently we ran into a headline that piqued our interest here at School Choice Wisconsin: The four high schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District, the second-biggest district in the state, have enacted a concept called bridge week. Students who’ve earned Cs or higher were not required to come to school on June 7 or [...]

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Choice schools tackle pandemic-related learning loss

By |2022-07-01T12:31:13+00:00June 23rd, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

School Choice Wisconsin set out to see what some of our choice schools did last year and will do going forward to combat the disruptions and learning loss that followed the pandemic lockdowns. See what we found. Recent headlines, such as this story in The New York Times and this piece in The Atlantic, cite [...]

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Will SCOTUS ruling in Carson v. Makin affect Wisconsin? 

By |2022-06-23T21:45:02+00:00June 23rd, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

Tuesday's ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in the Carson v. Makin case, a big win for school choice, may have implications for religious choice schools here in Wisconsin. In its ruling, the court struck down a law in the state of Maine that excluded schools providing religious instruction from a voucher program that allowed parents [...]

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

By |2021-09-09T14:26:45+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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Supreme Court Rules In Favor of School Choice

By |2021-09-20T21:32:12+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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Special Needs Scholarship Program Grows Again

By |2021-10-14T15:06:01+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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