ON-Lion Letter

In March, on behalf of two additional parents and their disabled children, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) in Milwaukee named Shorewood School District and Paris School District as additional defendants in its existing lawsuit for violating federal disability law by discriminating against children with disabilities. 

"Wisconsin's open enrollment program gives parents the freedom to find a public school that best meets their child's individualized needs," according to WILL associate counsel and education-policy director CJ Szafir.  "But, school districts are permitted to reject applications from children with disabilities while still accepting students without disabilities."

Last year, more than 1,000 children were denied access to the open-enrollment program because they were disabled. 

"We filed a lawsuit to end this blatant form of discrimination because all children, regardless of whether they have a disability, deserve equal access to Wisconsin's open enrollment program, Szafir said.

The amended suit includes two more parents and their children with disabilities as plaintiffs.  The original complaint was filed on behalf of three other families.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WILL.

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