November 4, 2020Christina Brey

Communities Vote for Public Schools

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51 school referendum questions on the ballot in Wisconsin were approved across the state. In all, 86.3 percent of the school referendums passed, the largest of which was Madison followed by Oshkosh. The victories translate into communities voting to invest over $972 million dollars to help fund their local schools.

WEAC members in their school districts were active in many of the referendum campaigns to provide funding for student programs and safe facilities. In Madison, for instance, Madison Teachers Inc. worked to spread the word in the community for $317 million — the second-largest single referendum for any school district in the last 20 years — to renovate the city’s four high schools and construct a new school building; and another $33 million spread through 2023 to help cover school maintenance and operational costs. Both referendums passed overwhelmingly with over 75 percent voter approval.

Seven referendum questions in six districts failed.

Passed

Owen-Withee
Pecatonica Area
Portage Community
Richland
Ripon Area
River Ridge
Sevastopol
Southern Door County
Tomorrow River
Waunakee Community
Westby Area
Wisconsin Heights
Did Not Pass
Elcho
Florence
Medford Area
Plum City
Tomahawk
Wausau