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Controversial Wisc. Sheriff David Clarke Jr. Won’t Be Joining Trump Administration After All

The Trump Administration apparently will include one less person dragging the baggage of legal entanglements and concerning views on religious freedom: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. over the weekend announced he won’t join President Donald J. Trump’s Department of Homeland Security after all.

Wisc. School Agrees To Move Choir Concert From Church After AU Complaint

A Wisconsin public school district has agreed to stop holding a concert in a local church after Americans United raised concerns about the practice.

AU contacted the School District of Elmbrook in December to request that Brookfield Central High School’s choir stop performing its “Annual Concert of Sacred Music” inside a church and alter the selection of songs that is almost entirely religious in nature.

Wisc. Voters Reject Pro-Voucher Candidates In April Elections

Wisconsin voters in April elected a slate of school leaders who oppose private school voucher schemes.

In Milwaukee, home of one of the country’s longest-running school voucher programs, candidates aligned with the Wisconsin Working Families Party (WIWFP) swept all four open seats on the Milwaukee School Board, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Another Strange ‘Religious Freedom’ Claim Surfaces In Wisconsin

Religious freedom is a fundamental American value, guaranteeing our right to believe—or not—as we see fit. That right to believe (and to act on those beliefs, as long as we are not harming third parties) enjoys powerful First Amendment protection.

That protection, however, does not mean that dissatisfied persons can file lawsuits in order to force the government into adopting policies that favor their personal religious beliefs.

Maryland’s Mistake: Vouchers Comes To The Free State

Maryland recently became the latest state to adopt a school voucher program that will benefit mostly religious schools. The state will spend $5 million on the program, which is aimed at low-income students in Baltimore.

The Washington Post is ecstatic. The newspaper, which constantly promotes vouchers on its editorial page, recently published an editorial that reads like a string of talking points from the Cato Institute.

Bad News For The Badger State: Voucher Program Could Lead To Higher Property Taxes

Recent changes to Wisconsin’s private school voucher program are resulting in less money for public schools, an outcome that’s no surprise because some “school choice” advocates have long sought to drain government-run schools of their resources. But in a turn of events that voucher supporters may come to regret, the Badger State’s scheme could eventually lead to higher property taxes.

Wisc. Legislators Expand Voucher Program

Wisconsin’s Republican-dominated legislature has approved a bill that will expand the state’s voucher program by $48 million over the next two years. As written, that increase will cut into public school funding and will allow more private and religious schools to accept taxpayer dollars.

Critics are calling the legislation a mistake.

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