Wisconsin Catholic academy hires legal counsel to fight COVID closing order

The Catholic mouse roars.

MADISON, Wisconsin — A classical Catholic school academy voted Monday to hire a former Wisconsin solicitor general to pursue litigation against a school-closing order issued by the Dane County public health agency just 60 hours before parochial schools were set to open for fall 2020 instruction. A crowd-funding effort by Madison-based St. Ambrose Academy had raised nearly $91,000 in less than 48 hours to challenge the last-minute closing order aimed at preventing spread of COVID-19.

Joan Carey, executive director of St. Ambrose Academy, said the school has engaged the services of Misha Tseytlin, a partner with Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, a law firm that earlier this year helped the Diocese of Madison defeat attempts to place strict limits on Mass attendance due to the coronavirus. The decision to challenge the legality of the school-closure order was ultimately an easy one, she said.

Prayer also helps:

Parent Jill Yanke leads a Rosary rally for the opening of in-person instruction at Catholic schools Monday August 24 outside the headquarters of the Diocese of Madison, Wis. (Photo by Joseph M. Hanneman)

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