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New Hire: WILL adds former Deputy Solicitor General
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New Hire: WILL adds former Deputy Solicitor General

Litigation team grows to meet heightened challenges

WILL Fights for School Choice in Rural Wisconsin
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WILL Fights for School Choice in Rural Wisconsin

Antigo School District refuses to sell vacant building to local Christian community group

WILL Stands Up For Free Speech, Religious Liberty of Appleton School Board Member
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WILL Stands Up For Free Speech, Religious Liberty of Appleton School Board Member

Puts Appleton School Board on notice for potential First Amendment violations

WILL Sues to End Mandatory State Bar Membership, Dues
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WILL Sues to End Mandatory State Bar Membership, Dues

First Amendment protects speech, association rights of attorneys

2019 Apples to Apples: Charter, Choice Outperform Traditional Public Schools in Growth, Test Scores
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2019 Apples to Apples: Charter, Choice Outperform Traditional Public Schools in Growth, Test Scores

Wisconsin's education options are working

WILL & State/National Conservative Groups Warn Legislature on Wedding Barns
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WILL & State/National Conservative Groups Warn Legislature on Wedding Barns

Groups stand up for economic freedom, limited government

Get Ready for Tuesday’s Healthcare Debate
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Get Ready for Tuesday’s Healthcare Debate

WILL research on the cost of Evers' proposed plans, and common sense solutions.

School Teacher Asks to Intervene in Latest Act 10 Lawsuit
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School Teacher Asks to Intervene in Latest Act 10 Lawsuit

WILL continues the fight to protect Walker’s collective bargaining reform law.

Common Sense Healthcare Reforms for Wisconsin
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Common Sense Healthcare Reforms for Wisconsin

Seven reforms to lower costs and increase access to care

Governor Evers’ Budget: What You Need to Know
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Governor Evers’ Budget: What You Need to Know

Read WILL's analysis before the legislature votes

WILL is Moving Offices!
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WILL is Moving Offices!

Enters a new phase of growth with bigger office space in Milwaukee

Republican leadership puts interests of the state ahead of politics
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Republican leadership puts interests of the state ahead of politics

“Doing what’s right is not always easy. But by rejecting costly federal Medicaid expansion, the Republican legislative leadership is acting in the best interest of the state of Wisconsin and we applaud them for standing on principle.”

Former Lawmakers, WILL Enter Extraordinary Session Lawsuit
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Former Lawmakers, WILL Enter Extraordinary Session Lawsuit

Former Speaker, Lt. Gov., lawmakers make the case for extraordinary sessions and laws jeopardized by Dane County ruling

WILL Sues City of Eau Claire for Using Illegal TIF to Raise Tax Revenue
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WILL Sues City of Eau Claire for Using Illegal TIF to Raise Tax Revenue

City claims it needs TIF district for a building that’s already built, misuses tax dollars along the way

Scott Walker, WILL Ask SCOTUS to Take School Choice Case
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Scott Walker, WILL Ask SCOTUS to Take School Choice Case

Brief highlights the benefits and success of school choice in Wisconsin

WILL Polls Critical Education Policy Questions in Wisconsin
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WILL Polls Critical Education Policy Questions in Wisconsin

Statewide poll finds low support for Evers' attack on school choice

WILL, SCWA Sue DPI in School Choice Lawsuit
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WILL, SCWA Sue DPI in School Choice Lawsuit

State’s ed agency illegally preventing private choice schools from counting “virtual instruction” towards classroom learning requirements

Trump Discusses WILL Lawsuit at White House
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Trump Discusses WILL Lawsuit at White House

Free speech executive order prominently features WILL

Study: K-12 Spending Increases Unlikely to Result in Student Success
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Study: K-12 Spending Increases Unlikely to Result in Student Success

New analysis on K-12 spending on public schools raises questions about student impact

Governor Evers Agrees With WILL on Legal Status of Wedding Barns
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Governor Evers Agrees With WILL on Legal Status of Wedding Barns

Evers administration pledges to interpret law as previously practiced

Evers Admin. Prolongs Uncertainty for Wedding Barn Owners
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Evers Admin. Prolongs Uncertainty for Wedding Barn Owners

Evers, Kaul provide no clarity on legality of wedding barns

WILL Budget Explainer: The Administrative State
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WILL Budget Explainer: The Administrative State

“Governor Evers’ budget is a liberal-wish list on a number of levels, but an undertold story is how it would strengthen the executive branch, usurping power from the legislature."

Governor Evers’ Budget Targets School Choice: What You Need to Know
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Governor Evers’ Budget Targets School Choice: What You Need to Know

Governor Evers' Budget Targets School Choice: What You Need to Know

Medicaid Expansion to Cost Wisconsinites $600 Million Per Year
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Medicaid Expansion to Cost Wisconsinites $600 Million Per Year

New WILL, CROWE study analyzes true cost of Medicaid expansion

1 Year Later: Religious-themed Valentines STILL Cannot Be Freely Distributed at Tech College
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1 Year Later: Religious-themed Valentines STILL Cannot Be Freely Distributed at Tech College

WILL produces new video showing Polly innocently handing out Valentines, files for summary judgment

WILL Sues DPI For Embargoed ESSA Documents
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WILL Sues DPI For Embargoed ESSA Documents

Documents would shine light on whether DPI is illegally implementing ESSA

WILL Releases K-12 Education Reform Agenda
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WILL Releases K-12 Education Reform Agenda

Detailed policy roadmap shows how state can improve student outcomes

WILL Sues Evers Administration to Protect Wedding Barns
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WILL Sues Evers Administration to Protect Wedding Barns

Asks judge to protect economic freedom, remove uncertainty

WILL Announces New Hires, Staff Promotions
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WILL Announces New Hires, Staff Promotions

Adds staff to face new challenges

WILL Asks Supreme Court to Rule War Memorial Cross Constitutional
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WILL Asks Supreme Court to Rule War Memorial Cross Constitutional

Amicus argues cross does not violate the Establishment Clause.

Trump Administration Seeks to Cancel Misguided Obama-era School Discipline Policy
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Trump Administration Seeks to Cancel Misguided Obama-era School Discipline Policy

WILL work has championed rescinding the illegal, harmful policy

WILL Promotes Libby Sobic to Director of Education Policy
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WILL Promotes Libby Sobic to Director of Education Policy

Sobic to have expanded role managing WILL's K-12 education reform project.

Reform Federal Disability Insurance to Help Address Wisconsin’s Labor Shortage
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Reform Federal Disability Insurance to Help Address Wisconsin’s Labor Shortage

Subjective criteria, work disincentives plague disability insurance program

Extraordinary Session Update: Legislature Approves Critical Reforms
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Extraordinary Session Update: Legislature Approves Critical Reforms

Legislature approves administrative rulemaking reforms, tax reform; maintains DPI oversight

Extraordinary Session Policy Items Flying Under the Radar
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Extraordinary Session Policy Items Flying Under the Radar

A lot of good but a few red flags

Study: Parents in Milwaukee Are Choosing Schools Based on Quality
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Study: Parents in Milwaukee Are Choosing Schools Based on Quality

What you need to know about WILL’s landmark school choice study

WILL disagrees with legal analysis, prepared to fight for economic freedom
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WILL disagrees with legal analysis, prepared to fight for economic freedom

WILL disagrees with legal analysis, prepared to fight for economic freedom

WILL Hires Lucas Vebber as Deputy Counsel
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WILL Hires Lucas Vebber as Deputy Counsel

Before joining WILL, Lucas served as General Counsel and Director of Environmental and Energy Policy at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

Supreme Court Rules Congress Can’t Require States to Prohibit Sports Betting
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Supreme Court Rules Congress Can’t Require States to Prohibit Sports Betting

“This is a victory for competitive federalism,” said Rick Esenberg, President and General Counsel of WILL

WILL Wins Open Records Fight with Representative Brostoff
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WILL Wins Open Records Fight with Representative Brostoff

Despite this settlement, the legal issue of whether custodians must provide records in their electronic format when requested remains unresolved.

WILL Releases Most Comprehensive Analysis of School Performance
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WILL Releases Most Comprehensive Analysis of School Performance

"Our study is the most comprehensive, updated analysis on Wisconsin school performance," Dr. Will Flanders, author of the report says.

WILL Memo: Bill Could End Tailgating As We Know It
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WILL Memo: Bill Could End Tailgating As We Know It

The bill and amendment unanimously passed the Assembly by voice vote.

WILL Sues Rep. Brostoff in E-mail Dispute
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WILL Sues Rep. Brostoff in E-mail Dispute

Brostoff is refusing to turn over electronic records, instead insisting on printing them and charging unnecessary fees.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Takes WILL Case Challenging Wisconsin’s Law Prohibiting Cemeteries from Operating Funeral Homes
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Wisconsin Supreme Court Takes WILL Case Challenging Wisconsin’s Law Prohibiting Cemeteries from Operating Funeral Homes

The law does nothing more than protect funeral directors from competition.

ICYMI: Wall Street Journal Highlights Marquette Professor’s Fight for Academic Freedom
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ICYMI: Wall Street Journal Highlights Marquette Professor’s Fight for Academic Freedom

In April of 2016 Professor McAdams enlisted the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty to sue Marquette University for breach of contract.

CJ Szafir Promoted to Executive Vice President
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CJ Szafir Promoted to Executive Vice President

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty announced the promotion of CJ Szafir to Executive Vice President.

WILL on K-12 School Report Cards
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WILL on K-12 School Report Cards

The report cards include two major changes from previous years: the full inclusion of private schools in the choice programs and the use of student growth as a metric for school performance.

WILL Sues State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers
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WILL Sues State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers

The lawsuit claims that Evers and DPI are refusing to follow the newly enacted REINS Act.

WILL Study Explores How School Districts Comply With Open Records Laws
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WILL Study Explores How School Districts Comply With Open Records Laws

Report documents the average response time for open records requests for twelve of Wisconsin’s largest school districts.

WILL Files Petition for Review With The Wisconsin Supreme Court In Professor McAdams’ Case Against Marquette
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WILL Files Petition for Review With The Wisconsin Supreme Court In Professor McAdams’ Case Against Marquette

WILL believes the court should hear the case now because there is no binding precedent on the question of how far academic freedom extends.

Wisconsin’s Largest Legal and Policy Center Continues to Grow
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Wisconsin’s Largest Legal and Policy Center Continues to Grow

Adds new staff to growing policy team

New Report Shows Impact of Current Accountability Measures in Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
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New Report Shows Impact of Current Accountability Measures in Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

Report challenges voucher program critics’ opposition that schools are “unaccountable”