James Wigderson is a Wisconsin-based reporter for Watchdog. He is also an online contributor to MacIver Institute and RightWisconsin, blogs at the Wigderson Library and Pub, and was formerly an award-winning local columnist for the Waukesha Freeman. James is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He lives in Waukesha, WI, with his wife Doreen and their children.

Lawsuit: MPS violating constitution by denying bus rides to religious school students

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“It’s a hardship for many of our families,” said Gessner. “Without transportation it definitely impacts the choice of school that parents can select.”

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Memo comparing voucher and public school aid doesn’t tell whole story

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Education, News, State Budgets, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

A memo from the LFB requested by Sen. Janet Bewley makes it appear voucher schools are getting more money than public schools.

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Justice Department sued over records in school choice investigation

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Education, Federal government, News, Open Records, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The DOJ is accused of failing to comply with a FOIA request related to an investigation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

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Report says Milwaukee defying state law regarding vacant school buildings

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A new report accuses Milwaukee of not complying with state law regarding the sale of vacant school properties.

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Assembly passes state treasurer amendment, issue goes to voters

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

The proposal to eliminate the position of state treasurer goes to referendum in April 2018.

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MPS’s Driver makes questionable case for district being sole charter school authorizer

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

MPS Superintendent Driver said she supports making MPS the sole charter school authorizer despite recent research on test scores.

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