Education Reform

WILL proudly fights for an education system that is student-centered and prioritizes the freedom of families to choose the best education for their children.

WILL Victory

SCWA v. Bowersox

 

WILL filed an original action petition to the Wisconsin Supreme Court urging the Court to accept a legal challenge to the City of Racine’s school closure order.

Filed: November 2020

WILL Victory

WCRIS v. Heinrich

 

WILL filed an original action to the Wisconsin Supreme Court asking for a review of the Dane County health department’s order closing all schools, public and private, for grades 3-12.

Filed: August 2020

Closed Case

Mattoon v. Antigo School District

The Village of Mattoon and Antigo School District both claim ownership of a closed elementary school building.  If Mattoon owns it, they will transfer it to our client, Shepherd’s Watch, to run a community center and private voucher school, but Antigo won’t transfer it without a deed restriction preventing any educational use of the building.  We intervened in the lawsuit between the two government entities.

Filed: January 2019

Amicus

Michigan v. DeVos; Washington v. DeVos; NAACP v. DeVos

 

WILL  filed amicus briefs in two critical legal disputes in federal court between a group of state attorneys general and the federal Education Department over the availability of CARES Act funding for private schools. WILL is leading a coalition of 38 state and national groups representing the interests of private schools and parental choice.

Filed: July 2020

WILL Victory

Heritage Christian Schools v. DPI

 

WILL sued the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on behalf of a West Allis family, Heritage Christian Schools, and School Choice Wisconsin Action (SCWA), after the department adopted an illegal policy to block a family from enrolling in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) – the statewide voucher program.

Filed: May 2020

WILL Victory

School Choice Wisconsin v. Carolyn Stanford Taylor

State law requires school test data to be released all at the same time, completely and uniformly. DPI had been selectively releasing data in violation of the law. WILL filed a lawsuit to hold that state agency accountable to the law.

Filed: November 2019

Amicus

Espinoza v. Montana DOR

The Montana Supreme Court struck down a popular scholarship tax credit program for violating its state constitution’s prohibition on providing any public funds, directly or indirectly, to religious institutions (private schools in this case).  We filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and rule that such “Blaine Amendments” in state constitutions are unconstitutional because they discrimination against religion.

Filed: April 2019

WILL Victory

School Choice Wisconsin Action v. DPI

 

WILL sued State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for their unfair, illegal treatment of private schools in Wisconsin’s choice programs. DPI denied private choice schools the opportunity to fully utilize online, virtual learning as part of classroom instruction.

Filed: March 2019

Closed Case

Saint Joan Antida v. MPS

The Milwaukee Public School District refuses to transport children to private schools as it is required to do by state law.  WILL sued to force the district to abide by its obligations.

Filed: March 2017

Amicus

In re G.G.

The Obama administration required all school districts to allow students to use whichever bathroom they wished.  While we take no position on how schools should address transgender children, we object to bureaucrats re-interpreting federal statutes and issuing formal requirements without using the proper procedures.  WILL filed an amicus brief to fight against federal interference with a purely local issue.

Amicus

Duncan v. Nevada

Nevada created an education savings account program to expand school choice.  Predictably, teacher unions challenged the law as unconstitutional.  WILL filed an amicus brief in support of the law, which the Nevada Supreme Court found did not unconstitutionally spend public funds for a religious purpose.

Filed: August 2015

Closed Case

S.W. v. Evers

Wisconsin law permits school districts to discriminate against disabled students by refusing to permit them to open enroll into their district.  WILL sued to stop this practice, which violates federal anti-discrimination law.

Filed: November 2014