Huge Parental Rights Win


( – In a huge win for parental rights, a Wisconsin judge ruled against a policy by a school district that allowed the adoption of students’ preferred names and pronouns without the need for parental approval. This decision sets a significant legal precedent for upholding parents’ rights.

In a case involving the Kettle Moraine School District in southeastern Wisconsin, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Maxwell sided with the parents who had filed a lawsuit against the district. He declared that the policy had infringed upon the rights of parents to make medical choices for their offspring.

Judge Maxwell commented in his detailed 19-page opinion, “The School District could not administer medicine to a student without parental consent. The School District could not require or allow a student to participate in a sport without parental consent. Likewise, the School District cannot change the pronoun of a student without parental consent without impinging on a fundamental liberty interest of the parents.”

The lawsuit, initiated in 2021 by two families, was described by their attorneys as a landmark victory. Such a ruling comes at a time when numerous school districts nationwide are instituting policies that permit children to embark on social transitions without notifying or seeking consent from their parents.

Luke Berg, deputy counsel at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty in Milwaukee, celebrated the verdict, saying, “This victory represents a major win for parental rights.” He went on to emphasize the uniqueness of the ruling, labeling it a “first-of-its-kind win against a school’s gender-transition policy to circumvent parents.”

Mr. Berg further added, “The court confirmed that parents, not educators or school faculty, have the right to decide whether a social transition is in their own child’s best interests. The decision should be a warning to the many districts across the country with similar policies to exclude parents from gender transitions at school.”

Kate Anderson, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, expressed that while parents possess a constitutional privilege to guide their children’s upbringing, many school districts across the nation are “not only ignoring parents’ concerns but actively working against them.” She approved of the court’s decision, commenting, “The court was right to respect the serious concerns of these parents by holding that Kettle Moraine School District’s policy, which undermines parents and harms children, violates the Wisconsin Constitution.”