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.continue at JS
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 St. Joan Antida's request to bus the girls.
MPS will lose. There's a growing effort to insist that the public school systems discontinue illegal denial of services. One day we'll look back on this current model of "us" and "them" in the school system as the silly, archaic model it is.