Public Health Madison & Dane County director Janel Heinrich addresses reporters at a Madison news conference on July 1 as Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway looks on. Credit: Abigail Becker / Cap Times

Today we highlight the growing tension between public health and the opening of schools across Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes parents appearing before an Oak Creek-Franklin School Board meeting as outraged by the board’s decision to hold online-only classes to protect public health. Meanwhile, private schools and parents in Dane County have filed two lawsuits seeking to overturn a countywide order banning in-person instruction aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 as Wisconsin tallies more than 1,100 deaths from the disease.

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Public Health Madison & Dane County director Janel Heinrich addresses reporters at a Madison news conference on July 1 as Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway looks on. Credit: Abigail Becker / Cap Times

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Quotable

“The order for schools is lawful and we will defend it vigorously, because the reason Public Health put it in place is worth fighting for — the health of our kids and community.”

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, defending the county’s order banning in-person instruction, which has been targeted by two lawsuits seeking to overturn it, as quoted in the Cap Times.

“This case challenges the authority of one unelected bureaucrat to upend the education plans of thousands of students and families and their schools located throughout Dane County via the stroke of a pen.”

Lawsuit filed in Dane County Circuit Court, challenging Parisi’s order

Data to note

Here are the latest visualizations of COVID-19 cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.

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