Voters Approve New Investments in Schools

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 8:59 PM by

Nearly three-quarters of school referenda on the ballot passed yesterday, when voters approved more than $140 million in new investment in local schools.

The voters that came to the polls yesterday appear to have been considerably more conservative than those who usually turn out — two and a half times more Wisconsin residents voted in the Republican presidential primary than in the uncontested Democratic one. Although crossover voting accounts for some of that disparity, the contested GOP primary certainly skewed the turnout. Nevertheless, voters approved $125.6 million in new borrowing for school districts and allowed districts to exceed their revenue limits by $15.5 million.

Here is a breakdown of the how the referenda fared:

  • Of the 15 referenda on the ballot that would allow a district to exceed revenues on a non-recurring basis, 10 passed and 5 failed.
  • The one referenda that would allow a district to exceed revenues on a recurring basis passed.
  • Of the 13 referenda that would authorize new borrowing, 10 passed and 3 failed. has more information on specific referenda that passed or failed. The Department of Public Instruction has comprehensive information on school referenda.

Tamarine Cornelius

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