Case Name: John Doe et al v. Madison Metropolitan School District
Type of Case: Parental Rights
Court: Dane County Circuit Court
Case Number: 20-CV-454
Filed On: February 18, 2020
Current Status: On April 3, the District filed a motion to dismiss on standing and opposed Plaintiffs request to proceed anonymously. We filed a response to the District’s motion on April 30. A hearing on standing and anonymity is scheduled for May 26.
In April 2018, the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) adopted “Guidance and Policies to Support Transgender, Non-binary & Gender-Expansive Students.” Importantly, the policy includes the following provisions:
The MMSD policy violates parents’ constitutionally protected rights in multiple ways, including:
WILL issued a demand letter to the school district on December 18 urging the district to update and amend the above policies to avoid a lawsuit. MMSD responded on January 31 that there would be no update to district policies.
Following the district’s refusal to update the policies, WILL, on behalf of a group of Madison parents, filed this lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court against MMSD for adopting and implementing policies that violate the rights of district parents. These policies violate critical constitutionally recognized parental rights.
WILL represents 14 individual parents from 8 families with students in MMSD.