Appeals court rules against parents in Mukwonago nickname suit

CREATED Jan 3, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled parents suing to save the Mukwonago Area School District's American Indians nickname and logo have no grounds to file a challenge.
The state Department of Public Instruction decided in 2010 the nickname and logo discriminated against American Indians. Parents of current and former students filed a lawsuit challenging the decision. A Waukesha County judge found in the parents' favor, concluding the DPI employee who made the finding had a high risk of bias.
DPI argued the parents lacked standing to sue. The 2nd District Court of Appeals agreed Thursday. The court said the parents didn't enter the fight until after DPI made its decision and didn't properly petition the judge for review.
The parents' attorney didn't immediately return a telephone message.