Voters in Wisconsin yesterday were in a decidedly conservative mood when it came to choosing their governor, senator, attorney general, and other elected representatives. That would seem to spell defeat for the school referendums on the ballot, but in fact voters approved tax increases in more than half the districts that were seeking increased school spending.
Of the 21 school referendums on the ballot, 11 passed and 10 failed. In total, voters approved more than $55 million in school spending, the largest of which was in Pewaukee for $16.5 million to remodel existing facilities and add new classroom space. The Wisconsin Education Association Council has a complete list of the school referendums here, with specific information about each one.
In addition, voters in south central Wisconsin overwhelmingly approved a $133 million referendum by Madison Area Technical College to build new education centers for health sciences, protective services, and manufacturing, among other improvements.