In the Media

Investigation Finds Wisconsin School Failed to Comply with Seclusion and Restraint Policies” Wisconsin Examiner, June 27, 2024

Districts Should not Torture Children: Seclusion and Restraint in Wisconsin Schools” Wisconsin Examiner, March 18, 2024

Jeff Spitzer-Resnick on Students Being Physically Restrained” PBS Wisconsin-Here and Now, July 27, 2023

Wisconsin Schools Report Almost 6,000 Seclusion and 7,000 Restraint Incidents” Wisconsin Examiner, July 12, 2023

Wisconsin Students with Disabilities often Denied Public School Options” Wisconsin Watch, May 31, 2023

False Choice: Wisconsin Taxpayers Support Schools that can Discriminate” Wisconsin Watch, May 5, 2023

Lawsuit Claims Milwaukee Montessori School Discriminated on Disability” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 31, 2022

Family Sues Milwaukee Montessori School, Claims Discrimination” Fox6 Milwaukee, October 27, 2022

Prayer in Public Schools? The Supreme Court Changed Everything we Know about the Separation of Church and State” Parents, July 22, 2022

Special Needs Students Disproportionately Subjected to Seclusion, Restraint” Wisconsin Examiner, May 19, 2022

Selective Enrollment” Isthmus, April 8, 2022

Michaela Pearson vs. School District of Menomonie Area Hearing” WisCommunity News, January 27, 2022

Due Process Hearing Wraps up for Menomonie Parents Seeking Stronger COVID Mitigation Protocols” WQOW-TV, January 13, 2022

Due Process Hearing Continues for Menomonie Family Demanding More Mitigation Protocols in School” WEAU-TV, January 11, 2022

A Chasm Between Wisconsin’s Special-ed Needs and Resources” PBS Wisconsin, November 22, 2021

School District of the Menomonie Area Responds After Parents Take Legal Action on COVID Policies” WQOW-TV, October 25, 2021

Menomonie Maintains Elementary School Mask Requirement” Wisconsin Examiner, October 14, 2021

Menomonie School Board Member Puts Optional Masking Back on the Agenda” Wisconsin Examiner, October 8, 2021

Disability Rights Activist Says State Building Code Violates Civil Rights Law” Wisconsin Examiner, October 8, 2021

Menomonie Parents Take Legal Action Demanding School Take COVID-19 Safety Protocols” WEAU-TV, October 7, 2021

Menomonie Parents Take Legal Action on School District’s COVID Policies” WQOW-TV, October 7, 2021

Parents Say Public Health Backlash Risks Their Child’s Life” Wisconsin Examiner, October 2, 2021

Menomonie Parents Request Hearing Over Schools’ COVID Safety Protocols” Up North News, October 2, 2021

Wisconsin Parents Weigh Suing Schools Refusing to Enact COVID Rules” Up North News, September 27, 2021

Family Files Complaint Against Ashland Schools Alleging Discrimination Against Native Students” Wisconsin Examiner, August 26, 2021

Ashland Family Files Discrimination Complaints Against School District” Superior Telegram, August 2, 2021

Republicans Voted to Give this Minocqua School Extra Funding, But Evers Said No” PBS Wisconsin, July 19, 2021

Ashland Family Claims School District Discriminated Against Their Native American Children” Duluth News-Tribune, March 22, 2021

Ashland Schools Quarantine Incident Sparks Discrimination Claims From Native American Family” Wisconsin Public Radio, March 3, 2021

A Slap in the Face: Ashland Family Charges Discrimination after School Quarantine Incident” Wisconsin Examiner, February 25, 2021

Still No Response from School District, Family Claims Discrimination and Fighting for Change” WSAW-TV, February 22, 2021

Family Claims Discrimination, says School Did Not Follow COVID-19 Protocol” WSAW-TV, February 16, 2021

Letter Calls on State Bar to Denounce Threatening, anti-Semitic Attacks on Justices” Wisconsin Examiner, December 22, 2020

Unique Challenges: Special Education was difficult for families in the spring. Will this fall be better?” Capital Times, September 23, 2020

Grafton School District loses appeal, must reimburse parent for private school tuition” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 9, 2020

Next Steps for MMSD After Ending Contracts with School Resource Officers” NBC 15, WMTV, June 30, 2020

Are Kids Cared for During COVID?” The Friday Morning Podcast, The Ballenger Report, May 15, 2020 (interview starts at 12 minute mark)

Disability Advocates, Parents want transparency when a student is restrained” WKOW, ABC 27, November 20, 2019

Grafton District ordered to pay student’s private school tuition” Ozaukee Press, July 31, 2019

Panel discussion addresses issues of race, student-teacher relationships in MMSD” NBC 15, WMTV, April 16, 2019

Q&A Session will attempt to clarify MMSD restraint policies” The Cap Times Times, April 9, 2019

Baraboo addresses viral Nazi salute with all-day assembly and community presentation” The Cap Times, December 11, 2018

A Double Standard for Discipline? Why Students Weren’t Punished After a Nazi Salute“, WAMU, 1A Speak Freely, December 5, 2018

Jewish Leader Weighs in On Baraboo Nazi Photo Controversy“, Wisconsin Public Radio, November 29, 2018

Open Letter from Civil Rights Attorney to Baraboo School Board“, WKOW, November 13, 2018

Swamped with Special Needs Kids?“, Isthmus, November 2, 2017

Trump Wants to Protect the Nursing Home Industry from Consumer Lawsuits“, The Progressive, September 25, 2017

Wisconsin Child Advocate Calls Solitary Confinement Counterproductive“, Public News Service, February 1, 2017

Challenging Behavior“, Isthmus, September 8, 2016

Taxpayers Are Funding a Special Needs Voucher Scam“, The Progressive, June 29, 2016

Increase Intensive Support to help close Madison’s Achievement Gap“, The Cap Times, June 10, 2016

School Report Card Shows Vulnerable Students Left Behind in Madison”, The Cap Times, September 18, 2014

Kids with Disabilities Are Falling Through the Cracks”, The Cap Times, September 16, 2014

Student Discipline and the School-To-Prison Pipeline”, Wisconsin Lawyer, September 2014

Evaluating Cheatham: 12 Madisonians Size Up the Superintendent’s First Year on the Job”, The Cap Times, May 28, 2014

Madison Attorney: Advocates in School Discipline Cases Can Help Reveal System Flaws”, The Cap Times, April 11, 2014

Madison School Board President Ed Hughes Says Families Don’t Need Special Advocate in Disciplinary Proceedings”, The Cap Times, April 7, 2014

Madison School District Approves New Student-Discipline Policy”, Wisconsin State Journal, April 1, 2014

Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham Advises Madison School Board to Use Discretion for Students Facing Expulsion”, The Isthmus, March 29, 2014

Madison School Board to Consider Expulsion of Honors Student Over Alcohol Incident” The Cap Times, March 27, 2014

“’Zero Tolerance Run Amok’: Madison Honors Student Expelled, Family Fights Back”, The Isthmus, March 26, 2014

Desperate for Help for Autistic Son, Sheboygan Family Lost in a Legal Morass”, Appleton Post Crescent, February 2, 2014

Civil Rights Attorney Urges Involvement in Revamp of Madison Schools Discipline Code”, The Cap Times, January 30, 2014

Some Schools Leave Out Details in Reports on Seclusion, Restraint of Students” Green Bay Press Gazette, November 30, 2013

Concern Over Student Hurt by Sun Prairie School Officer”, WKOW-TV, April 25, 2013

Least-Restrictive Environment’ Must Be Considered at Workplace, Too”, Education Week, July 2, 2012

WI Dept. of Public Instruction investigates Waupun “Quiet Room’”, Fox 6 Milwaukee, May 17, 2012

Special-Needs Scholarship Would Subsidize Student Transfers”, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 21, 2012

School Restraint Bill Back on Table”, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 27, 2011

ALEC, Republicans Beat Up On Kids in Special Ed”, The Progressive, July 26, 2011

Disability Group Pressures Appleton Area School District”, Appleton Post-Crescent, June 17, 2011

Delavan Child with Disabilities in Educational Limbo”, June 9, 2011

Discrimination Charge Reignites Passions over Wisconsin School Voucher Program”, The American Independent, June 8, 2011

Lawsuit Against MPS Aims to Help Special Education Students”, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 1, 2008

Madison Rapped for Preschool Gap”, The Isthmus, July 24, 2008