Archive for September, 2010

Inclusion of Racine Special Education Students in Regular School Classrooms

The Racine Journal Times recently published a series of articles on inclusion of special education students in regular school classrooms in the Racine Unified School District. DRW Board member, Jeff Timm, and several DRW staff were involved in an inclusion work group with regular education teachers, special education teachers, school administrators, parents of students with disabilities and other disability organization representatives to develop recommendations and an inclusion implementation plan for the Racine schools. Below are the links to the recent Journal Times articles and background articles regarding the need for reforming special education in the Racine Unified School District.

RUSD Workgroup for Inclusion 9/20/10
Article #1 9/18/10
Article #2 9/19/10
Article #3 9/20/10

Background articles:
Frattura Special Ed Report 11/13/07
Inclusion K through 2nd Grade 9/26/09
Racine’s Special Ed Major Events 9/18/10
Autistic Second Grader Helped by Inclusive Practices 1/26/10

Rice Lake office scores victory in Open Enrollment Case

DRW Rice Lake Office Director, Genie Hedlund, recently succeeded in winning an Open Enrollment appeal to the Department of Public Instruction. When the Rice Lake School District sought an injunction to stop DRW’s client from transferring schools, Genie Hedlund succeeded in court by getting the judge to agree to allow DPI’s decision to stand. In fact, due to the frivolous way in which the school district obtained a temporary restraining order to stop the DPI decision from going into effect, the judge agreed to allow DRW to seek attorney’s fees in the case. The case was reported in the Rice Lake Chronotype.

MPS case at 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

DRW attorneys Monica Murphy and Jeff Spitzer-Resnick presented their oral argument before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on September 7, 2010. For a link to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the argument, click here.

If you want to listen to the oral argument (which lasted approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes), you can go to the 7th Circuit’s web site (click here) and insert the 2 case numbers (1 at a time): 09-2741 and 09-3274.

October 1 Forum in Milwaukee – State Senate & Assembly Candidates

Location: IndependenceFirst, 540 South 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and gain information on their perspectives on community issues including Family Care and long term care services, mental health services, transportation, housing, education and more.

For details, Click here.

RSVPs one week prior to the session are appreciated and will help with planning. Disability-related accommodations are also available. Please contact Disability Rights Wisconsin at 414-773-4646 or

Racine Journal Times Coverage of DRW’s Sept 24 Listening Session

Over 35 people attended the DRW Board’s Listening Session at Racine’s Festival Hall on September 24, 2010. Click the following link for media coverage of the event: Racine Journal-Times website