All Posts by Empower Wisconsin

Health Department faces slew of lawsuits

Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 29, 2020

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Another Dane County private school is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to stop Public Heath Madison & Dane County’s sweeping order prohibiting all in-person education in Dane County’s public and private schools.

St. Ambrose Academy in Madison has raised more than $100,000 to fight the health department’s restrictive edict in court, and it has enlisted the help of a top constitutional attorney, Misha Tseytin, former solicitor general for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, to lead the legal challenge.

Angela Hineline, enrollment manager for the 6-12 Catholic school and St. Ambrose parent, told Empower Wisconsin the health department didn’t bother to respond to the school’s petition for relief.

“That lack of response sadly speaks volumes, telling us we absolutely have to fight this until the end so the voiceless have a voice,” Hineline said. “We believe parents know best and they ought to be able to determine what’s best for their child. So now here we are. We have to defend these rights, recognized by the constitution.”

The emergency petition asks the court to issue a temporary restraining order by no later than Friday, Sept. 4 so that schools may open in-person on Monday Sept. 7.

Earlier this week, attorneys for Sara Lindsey James, a single parent from Fitchburg, filed a petition for review asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to stop the health order, which requires schools go to an all-virtual education model for students in grades 3 and up. Health officials say they are concerned that in-person instruction would spark a spike in COVID-19 cases.

“This is a case about fundamental rights of children and the awesome power of government,” the petition states. “At issue is whether one unelected official has the power to order children to ‘stay home’ from school whether or not they are sick, or to prohibit them from gathering in-person with other children to receive a religious education.”

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty also asked the Supreme Court to review the health order. The Milwaukee-based civil liberties law firm is representing Chris Truitt, a parent from DeForest.

“The order by the Dane County health department to prevent our child from attending his sophomore year of high school in person is detrimental to his, and all students’, academic growth,” Truitt said in a press release. “Our son struggles with a learning disorder and the lack of in-person instruction is a barrier for his development. We were confident in our school’s plans to reopen safely and are now concerned that our son will fall further behind in his critical high school years.”

While the health department didn’t respond, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi took his usual big-government-knows best approach to the pushback by private schools.

“The order for schools is lawful and we will defend it vigorously, because the reason Public Health put it in place is worth fighting for — the health of our kids and community,” Parisi said in a statement.

If it’s about the kids, though, why is the Madison Metropolitan School District turning some of their schools into childcare centers where adults will help students go online to take part in virtual learning sessions led by teachers based at home?

The Wisconsin Supreme Court earlier this month rejected a petition from parents seeking relief from Milwaukee’s overreaching health officer.

The court’s dismissal effectively frees Milwaukee Public Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik to exercise sweeping power in issuing what one official described as an “11th hour” order blocking in-person education and disrupting the plans and lives of schools, teachers, students and parents.

Conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley was the lone dissenting vote on a court now led by a slim 4-3 majority.

Listen to more:

Explore More
Vos: Dems don’t want the truth, they want distractions

Vos: Dems don’t want the truth, they want distractions

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Democrats have so viciously attacked legislative investigations into the 2020…

Read More »

January 21, 2022
Alex Lasry ‘standing up to China’ after making a mint off China stocks

Alex Lasry ‘standing up to China’ after making a mint off China stocks

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — Alex Lasry picked a bad time to roll out a campaign ad insisting he’d “stand…

Read More »

January 21, 2022
Spotlight: Whites need not apply

Spotlight: Whites need not apply

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany would prohibit federal, state and local governments…

Read More »

January 21, 2022
Checking the Fourth Branch of government

Checking the Fourth Branch of government

By State Rep. Dan Knodl The government bureaucracy can be an inefficient waste of taxpayer money. According to the Legislative…

Read More »

January 21, 2022
Conflict of Interest? WEDC board member’s biz benefits from Evers’ grant

Conflict of Interest? WEDC board member’s biz benefits from Evers’ grant

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — When Gov. Tony Evers announced he was handing out $60 million in federal COVID relief…

Read More »

January 20, 2022
All Woke Up: Microsoft’s ‘wokeness’ editor

All Woke Up: Microsoft’s ‘wokeness’ editor

Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 18,  2022 If you thought autocorrect turning your F-bombs into ducks is annoying, prepare to be…

Read More »

January 20, 2022

1 thought on “Health Department faces slew of lawsuits

  • The Teacher’s Union and Public Heath Department have conspired against the parent Taxpayer to help the Democrats win the Presidency, just as BLM and the national press have, blaming Trump for causing all this.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *