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St. Joan Antida High School sues Milwaukee Public Schools over student busing

A Milwaukee Catholic high school is suing Milwaukee Public Schools for denying busing to 70 students who should qualify for district-funded transportation under state law, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

St. Joan Antida High School, an all-girls voucher school located at 1341 N. Cass St., should be treated the same as a citywide high school in MPS, where children who live at least 2 miles from the school are provided transportation regardless of how close they live to a city bus line, the complaint says.

Funding transportation for the St. Joan Antida girls would cost MPS about $108,000 a year.

MPS spokeswoman Denise Callaway declined to comment, saying the district does not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit was filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a conservative public-interest law firm that frequently represents the interests of private schools that accept vouchers. It notified the district in November that it intended to sue if MPS continued to deny…

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