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Most Recent DRW in the Media

Marquette Lawyer magazine article about the Milwaukee Public Schools Case

The Fall 2013 Marquette Lawyer magazine included an article written by Alan Borsuk, a senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette Law School, about the Milwaukee Public Schools/Department of Public Instruction case.

Click here to read the article: The Complex Legacy of Jamie S.

The article includes some quotes from DRW staff.  Borsuk points out that there were some positive changes made at MPS and DPI as a result of the lawsuit.

DRW Involved in Mental Health Services Panel

Disability Rights Wisconsin Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert is a guest on WisconsinEye discussing Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal to include $30 million in mental health programs. Watch: (click on the TV icon on this page)

DRW weighs in on use of box to seclude students

There has been ongoing coverage of the use of a plywood box to seclude children in the Waupun School District. Here is the latest report which includes comment from DRW:

Click here to read the article and watch the video.

Seclusion and Restraint bill to move forward

DRW is pleased to annouce that Sen. Luther Olsen has agreed to sponsor a bill to limit the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint on children in schools. He will circulate it for bi-partisan co-sponsors soon. This bill is a product of collaborative negotiations with DPI and the School Administrators Alliance. Click here to read the bill.

Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction responds to voucher discrimination complaint

The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) has issued a formal response to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, which is investigating the disability discrimination complaint which DRW brought with the ACLU against the Milwaukee Parental Choice (voucher) Program. You can read national converage of this story in this Huffington Post article: Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction responds to voucher discrimination complaint.

Click the following link for a post from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: State, civil rights group disagree about how voucher schools should adhere to disability rights laws.

Op Ed in Milwaukee Journal re: People with Disabilities and Employment

Barbara Beckert, DRW’s Milwaukee Office Director, wrote a compelling piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Click this link to read it: Disability and employment.

DRW weighs in on sub-minimum wage employment of people with disabilities

DRW attorney Jodi Hanna is quoted in this front-page article from the August 14 Green Bay Press Gazette on sub-minimum wage employment of people with disabilities. The article is generating significant discussion and controversy. DRW believes that increasing individualized employment at real wages in integrated, community settings should be a priority for our state.

Here are some success stories from individuals with disabilities employed in our communities!

Read the Green Bay story here:

DRW issues demand letter in teacher abuse case in Appleton

This front page story in the Appleton Post Crescent describes the demand letter which DRW Attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick sent to the Appleton Area School District’s attorney regarding a horrific case of teacher abuse of 6 non-verbal children, 5 of whom are represented by DRW.

Click here to read the story on the Post Crescent website.

You can read a redacted version of the full demand letter here: demand letter.

Click here to read and view further coverage of the story on the WBAY website.

Click here to read and view further coverage of the story on the WFRV-TY website.

DRW fights for admission of child with disability into virtual school

DRW filed an appeal of an virtual school open enrollment denial of a boy with a disability in Walworth County earlier this week.

Click here to read coverage of the case in the Janesville Gazette.

Click here to read coverage of the case Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

DRW Explains Discrimination in Voucher Programs

DRW Attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick explains how Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program fails to serve children with disabilities in this Milwaukee Public Radio interview. He also explains that creating a special needs voucher program is not the answer to this problem.

Click here to listen to the program.