Jeff Spitzer-Resnick is a nationally recognized attorney with over 35 years of experience in the fields of civil rights, disability and education law. He runs Systems Change Consulting, a consulting and training law firm with a focus is on making progressive systems change in the areas of civil rights, disability rights, general and special education, and combating abuse and neglect of vulnerable populations.
Wisconsin schools reopening? DPI guidance provides little help
By: Jeff Spitzer-Resnick - June 23, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools nationwide are struggling to determine, if, when and how they can safely re-open. In Wisconsin, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued 87 pages of guidance on June 22nd, titled, “Education Forward: Safely and Successfully Reopening Wisconsin Schools.” With that title, the public might assume that this document […]
Mail the ballots now!
By: Jeff Spitzer-Resnick - March 17, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, states are struggling with how to proceed with upcoming elections. Some states have postponed elections and others are moving forward, while encouraging voters to cast absentee ballots to reduce the risk of exposure. However, neither of these solutions are sufficient. On one hand, postponing democracy is simply never a good idea […]
Losing Sheila’s smile
By: Jeff Spitzer-Resnick - December 31, 2019
I have joined a club that is bigger than it should be and is certainly one that I definitely do not want to belong to. On Christmas Eve, my beautiful friend Sheila Green was murdered by her brother who suffered from psychosis. So now, I am one of the approximately 40% of Americans who know […]
Listen to the children
By: Jeff Spitzer-Resnick - December 5, 2019
Policymakers, especially those holding elected office, often have a bad habit of failing to listen to those most impacted by a problem. That failure, of course, usually ends up with ineffective legislation, or no legislation at all, to address whatever the problem may be. Wisconsin high school students are reeling right now, as two students […]