Tag Archives: School Referenda

Research continues to show increased school funding equates to better outcomes for students

New research continues to show that funding does matter in education.  From Chalkbeat:

“A 2018 overview of the research on education spending found that more money consistently meant better outcomes for students — higher test scores, higher graduation rates, and sometimes even higher wages as adults. It was enough for Northwestern economist Kirabo Jackson to say the question was ‘essentially settled.’

“Since then, the research hits have just kept on coming.”

Included in the story are four new studies from around the country, including one in Wisconsin: Continue reading Research continues to show increased school funding equates to better outcomes for students

Public support for school referenda remains strong

Voters approved about 75 percent of all school referenda on local ballots at Tuesday’s (April 2) election,  continuing to show support for providing additional resources for schools in communities throughout the state.

Overall, local voters approved 28 of 33 referenda to exceed revenue caps, an 85 percent passage rate.

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School board elections, referenda on Tuesday, April 2 ballot

In addition to school board elections, there will be 59 school referenda on the Tuesday, April 2 spring general election ballot in school districts across the state.

The April 2 ballot includes seven referenda to exceed revenue limits on a recurring basis, 26 referenda to exceed revenue limits on a nonrecurring basis and 26 borrowing referenda.

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School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)

The only school district referendum on the Feb. 19 Spring Primary ballot passed easily.

Voters in the Northland Pines School District (Vilas County) approved a non-recurring referendum to increase the district’s state- imposed revenue limit by $4.6 million in each of the next three years.  The margin was 1,230 in favor and 630 opposed. Continue reading School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)

“Dark Store” study committee to meet tomorrow, perhaps for final time

A special study committee created to try to curb a practice that has resulted in shifting property taxes from “big box” retailers and pharmacy chains onto homeowners and small businesses may hold its final meeting tomorrow and a measure affecting schools is on its agenda.

The Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices has thus far not to be able to resolve key differences among its members over what to do about these practices that have handcuffed local property assessors and municipalities.  The study committee is set to meet at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 11) in Room 412 East, State Capitol. Continue reading “Dark Store” study committee to meet tomorrow, perhaps for final time

School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

The widespread success of school district referendums wasn’t the only referendum story to come out of the Nov. 6 election.  Voters in a record number of municipalities also approved referenda to exceed state-imposed levy limits that restrict how much property tax revenue municipalities and counties can raise without voter approval.  Voters also approved advisory referenda aimed at quelling a burgeoning dispute between “big box” retailers and big pharmacy chains and local property assessors in every jurisdiction where such a question was on the ballot. Continue reading School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

School operating referenda passage rates rise again

Voters gave overwhelming approval to local referendum requests to exceed state-imposed revenue limits yesterday.

A total of 38 operating referenda were on the Nov. 6 ballot.

According to media reports, voters approved 21 of 24 ballot questions (87.5 percent) seeking approval of non-recurring revenue limit exemptions and approved 13 of 14 questions (93 percent) asking for recurring exemptions to the revenue limit.  (Results at this point are unofficial.)

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