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.

Voters choose Evers, $464.7 million in new bonding for schools

By   /  April 6, 2017  /  Education, News, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Voters re-elected Tony Evers for Superintendent of Public Instruction and to raise taxes and borrowing in school referendums.

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Researchers respond to Evers’ criticism of school choice study

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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WILL responds to DPI Superintendent Tony Evers calling their school choice study an apples to giraffe comparison.

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Don’t want to pay for ‘Sex Out Loud?’ Walker’s budget offers opt-out on student fees

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Campus Culture, Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Under a budget proposal by Gov. Scott Walker, students at UW system schools would be able to opt-out of paying some student fees.

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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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