WFC Applauds Suit to End Public School Discrimination Against Children with Disabilities

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 19, 2014) – The Wisconsin Federation for Children applauds the parents and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) who have sued to end public school discrimination against children with special needs.

“We applaud the brave parents who have filed this action,” said Brian Fraley, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Federation for Children. “Many public school districts routinely refuse to allow special needs students to transfer via open enrollment.” 

Last year, nearly 30,000 students participated in Wisconsin’s open enrollment law. But children with disabilities are denied equal access to the program. According to WILL, last year more than 1,000 children were denied access to their public school of choice because of their disability.

“We believe all parents deserve good options, especially those whose children have special needs,” said Fraley. “That is one of the reasons why we have vigorously pursued special needs scholarship legislation that would allow families to enroll in the public or private school of their choice.”

On behalf of three families, WILL is suing three Wisconsin public school districts, the Department of Public Instruction and its superintendent.  

Information regarding the lawsuit, here:


The Wisconsin Federation for Children is the state-based affiliate of the American Federation for Children.

The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.