The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently issued several decisions in which it addressed the legal standards that apply to pupil discrimination complaints under Wis. Stat. § 118.13. These decisions not only serve as a general reminder regarding the duty on the part of a school district to provide a nondiscriminatory educational environment, but…

Wisconsin Schools Professional football fans and others alike, have been gripped by the story of Buffalo Bills defensive back, Damar Hamlin, following his collapse on Monday Night Football. He reportedly suffered cardiac arrest and, because of the immediate and comprehensive medical response, was resuscitated on the field before being taken to a local hospital. As…

Wisconsin school districts are often posed with the conundrum of balancing the privacy rights of parents with their obligations under the open records law.  School districts have often taken the position that the privacy of the parents is of higher public interest than the disclosure of their email addresses pursuant to a public records request,…

At this time of the school year, Wisconsin school districts may be receiving school district reorganization petitions.  There are four (4) types of school district reorganization governed by Wis. Stat. Ch. 117, including consolidation of two (2) or more school districts, dissolution of a school district, creation of a school district, and the detachment of…

Late fall is when school boards often consider their options regarding administrator contracts for the following school year.  An administrator employment contract cannot simply be allowed to “run out”; rather, there are specific procedures that must be followed if a school board would like to terminate its relationship with an administrator at the end of…

On May 9, 2022, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas issued a decision concerning the rights of school district employees with respect to transgender student policies.  While the decision does not serve as mandatory authority on courts with jurisdiction over Wisconsin school districts, it is likely that courts with jurisdiction over…

When a school district is considering selling real property that is no longer needed for school purposes, the school district has several methods from which to choose. This Legal Update will review several of these options. Importantly, school districts are not required to follow a specific competitive bidding process under state law, though a variation…