“A conservative legal group
is giving the Madison School District 45 days to change a policy the
organization says unconstitutionally bars parents from finding out from school
staff if their child is transitioning genders or it will sue the district.
“The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, or WILL, sent a letter
Wednesday to the district laying out its legal arguments against portions of a
‘guidance document’ for working with transgender and non-binary students, which
prohibits staff from revealing to parents if their child is transitioning
genders unless the student gives permission.
Read more HERE.
“The Madison School District has been put on notice: they cannot trounce on the
rights of parents,” says Julaine Appling, WFC president, “Issuing and
enforcing guidelines that keep critical information about their children from
parents is patently wrong and is harmful to the well-being of the children.
Thank you to Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty for this letter and for
being willing, if necessary, to bring a lawsuit.”
“The Wisconsin Department of Education released the statewide test scores for the 2018-19 school year, the 4th consecutive year of using the Forward exam. Test scores, while not a complete picture of a student’s learning, do serve as a guide in achievement, reading, math and basic education fundamentals.”
Republican Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), chair of the Assembly Education Committee, recently weighed in on annual test scores released last month by the Department of Public Instruction. Thiesfeldt has publicly said the “annual test scores released last month showed that 60 percent of Wisconsin students are not able to read or perform math at grade level,” and that “the vast majority of Wisconsin students cannot even read, write, or do math at grade level.” DPI 2018 statewide scores showed a drop in both math and English Language Arts from 2017 scores. Read more HERE.
In an October 16, 2019 press release, Thiesfeldt states Wisconsin taxpayers deserve better results, “Instead of just continuing to pour money into schools, it is past time for the DPI, the Legislature, and the Governor to recognize that when the pathway is flawed, increased spending does not lead to better results. Our focus needs to turn to stronger teacher training in the use of proven instructional methods, traditional roles for our schools, and engaged parenting.” Read the press release HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, adds, “Perhaps if public schools spent more time on these critical academic areas than on encouraging kids to explore same-sex attraction or to try to change their sex, the situation would improve. Schools need to focus on what they are supposed to do—teaching reading, writing and math—not on the dangerous LGBT agenda. Concerned parents should be checking out the educational options we have in Wisconsin, especially the statewide Parental Choice Program which provides vouchers for students to attend private schools, including Christian schools. Their achievement records typically are markedly better than that of public schools.”
The Bible is now a must-have school supply for students like Ethan, who considers it essential for surviving the school day. “When you have the Bible right out in front of you … when it’s sitting out on the corner of your desk, or in your backpack,” said Ethan, a 16-year-old student in Colorado, “it’s a constant reminder of what God has in store for you and to do what God wants you to do, rather than doing things off of your own selfish ambitions.”
Thursday, October 4, 2019 is the annual “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” Encourage your child/children to carry their Bible to school not only on October 4, but every day. Make it a part of their routine to make time for God’s Word between classes, at lunch time or while riding the bus.
Learn more about “Bring Your Bible to School Day” HERE. Click HERE to access your free back-to-school resources.
Like a number of rural Wisconsin communities, Mattoon recently lost its only school due to consolidation. The building remains empty, but a local Christian group wants to acquire the building to start a Christian school and become part of the statewide voucher program. However, the Antigo School District owns the building and is blocking their efforts, refusing to let the building be used for any competing educational purpose. Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is representing Mattoon and another community in a lawsuit against the school district.
The voucher program is designed to give parents an important educational option, especially lower-income families. The Mattoon area has a lot of families that would qualify for the voucher program and would support this private school. What the Antigo school district is doing is wrong in depriving this community of a school and depriving parents of a local and viable educational option.
From Gateways to Better Education (GTBE) for Christians teaching in public schools: “The majority of your students come from homes with religious backgrounds. Yet, too often this is not acknowledged or affirmed in a public school environment.
“The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that, 80 percent of high school seniors indicate that religion plays a role in their lives.” Read more HERE.
Gateways has assembled everything you need to help guard your children’s hearts and minds. In the comfort of your home and at your convenience learn how to guide your children through the public schools so they keep their faith and values intact.
CLICK HERE to obtain your “Public School Parenting Kit.”
From the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty:
“[Last week], the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Governor Tony Evers will propose freezing enrollment in Wisconsin’s parental choice programs and curtailing the expansion of independent public charter schools in his budget proposal, set to be introduced on Thursday. The proposals represent the most brazen attack on school choice in Wisconsin in nearly a decade.”
Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFC president, states, “Tony Evers has never been a friend to or a fan of any school choice idea other than public schools. The good news in this is that the conservatives who have the majority in our state legislature are committed to the voucher program and to all other educational choices. I can’t imagine they agree to any of these budget proposals. Elections continue to have consequences.”
Wisconsin Family Action is on the front lines promoting school choice and more each and every day. Won’t you click HERE now to invest in our work on your behalf today?
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said that giving an aging porn star $5000 for a 90-minute presentation to 70 students recently was “a real value” and offered a “rare perspective [students] don’t hear every day.” The topic was supposedly to help students like and be comfortable with their sexuality, including how they view pornography. The event was not advertised openly to the public on the school’s website or elsewhere, only on digital signs on campus. Money for the event came either from student fees or from the Chancellor’s office fund. Read the story HERE.
We’re covering this because it’s important that parents who have students at any UW school or any other publicly-funded university know what’s going on, at least in part. At a minimum, parents should talk with their young adults about the assault they will likely experience on these campuses regarding morality and decency and certainly on Christianity and biblical truth.
This week a Wisconsin Assembly Committee held a public hearing on two bills, AB 300 & AB 304, that would ensure school districts provide timely and complete notification to parents about any and all federal, state or local mandated tests, except those required for high-school graduation and would also make it clear that parents in public schools have a right to opt their children out of any federal or state mandated test, except for a test, like the Civics test, that is required for graduation. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du lac) and State Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) have authored the bills.
WFA president Julaine Appling states, “Laws that protect the right of parents to know what is happening in the schools and that safeguard the right of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests are appropriate. We all want local control. But when school boards make it difficult for parents to know and act in the best interest of their children, it’s time for a higher level of government to step in on behalf of parents.”
“Another offering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this one on masculinity, is drawing fire from conservatives as an example of ideological excesses at the school.
The target is the Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it,” according to a UW Health Service news release.”
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This situation reminds us there are many eager to tell your son what masculinity is. How much better coming from a loving father who purposefully in both word and example instructs his son on what it means to be a man. And Dads have the best instruction manual available–the Word of God. Be assured, our Creator isn’t silent or confused about masculinity.”
Parents, grandparents, taxpayers, and community members of Appleton Area and Neenah Joint School Districts need to pay close attention to this information.
These two school districts in Wisconsin have advisory committees in place that are currently in the midst of determining the “sex ed” curriculum for those districts’ Human Growth and Development (HG&D) program.
On one hand, both of these district committees have the option of recommending the HG&D curriculum be terminated and the resources directed elsewhere. On the other hand, the committees may consider offering the curriculum on an Opt-In basis versus the current Opt-Out basis. Meaning, parents would need to purposefully choose to let their children be part of the HG&D classes, whereas currently, parents must purposefully choose to keep their children out of those classes.
In Neenah, in order for either of these recommendations to reach the school board for consideration and a vote, they must receive 75% approval from the committee.
It is important to again emphasize that Wisconsin state law does not require school districts to offer such courses at all.
Under existing law, local committees which are required by law and must include often a mix of parents, educators, clergy and others from the community, act in an advisory capacity to school boards as they make decisions about HG&D curriculum for their schools.
Wise parents will take time right now to find out exactly what the school their children attends is doing regarding human growth and development programs—and any planned changes. State law requires schools make that information available to parents. Don’t assume; be vigilant.
IMPORTANT: It is critical that parents and citizens attend the next HG&D committee meetings in Appleton and Neenah.
Following is a list of dates and times for both Neenah and Appleton School Districts as well as links to contact school board members.
Focus on the Family offers helpful talking points that may assist you as you address school board and committee members. Click HERE for these resources.
NEENAH: Monday, November 28, 2016
Neenah Joint School District Administration Building
410 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956
Click HERE for more information on this meeting as details become available.
CLICK HERE for Neenah school board member contact information.
Thursday, December 1, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
CLICK HERE for Appleton school board member contact information.
This past Monday, the Wausau school board decided to let administratively proposed guidelines for dealing with transgender students continue to be implemented. Among other provisions, the guidelines permit boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms and even on school-sponsored trips stay overnight in the girls’ rooms and vice versa, and call on staff to use the pronouns the students request and warn school officials not to inform parents their child is transgendering unless the student agrees to letting them make that contact.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “The Wausau school board made a huge mistake here. They are pandering to a vocal minority. Many concerned citizens have contacted board members and showed up at 4 different meetings letting them know these special protections compromise the privacy rights and well-being of the vast majority of the students. The board has chosen to ignore the citizens and the safety and protection of the students.”