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February 16, 2010 Wisconsin Referendum Votes (Updated with Results)

Update, results: Bangor, both pass, operating 379 yes votes to 214; construction 437 yes votes to 157 no votes. Brodhead, fails, 1,021-828. Edgar, passes 706 to 629. Green Lake, fails, 393 to 374. Hilbert, passes, 419 t0 305. Rhinelander, both … Continue reading

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We are (Still) Not Alone

It has been a long time since there has been a “we are not alone” post, reminding Madison readers that school finance is a state issue and needs a state solution. It has been so long that there are many, … Continue reading

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School Finance Network Assembly Hearing, Tuesday April 21, Be There!

The hearing is on the School Finance Network plan, but it is more generally an important opportunity to show support for comprehensive school finance reform.  The lawmakers need to know we care.  Be there if you can! Details here and … Continue reading

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Dane County Board of Education Candidates

April 7, 2009 will be a big day for school votes in Wisconsin.  There is the State Superintendent race (I’m backing Tony Evers, for reasons that I hope to have a chance to post on at some length), 41 school … Continue reading

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We Are Not Alone #25 — Class Size and Segregation Edition

I’ve written about the Student Achievement Guaranty in Education (SAGE) as an underfunded mandate, and noted the trend toward increasing class sizes around the state, especially but not exclusively in districts where referenda have failed.  A report from Verona shows … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Day – Broken System, Broken Record Edition (#1)

John Hartford, “Dont leave your records in the  sun” (click to listen or download) Last week, Milwaukee Superintendent William Andrekopoulos strung together the words “State, “Finance,” “Schools,” “System,” and “Broken.” At AMPS, we’ve strung those words together in a variety … Continue reading

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We Are Not Alone #23 – Wisconsin Referenda Roundup, Tuesday, September 9, 2008 votes.

[Updated with more video on Montello, Sptember 7, 2008, 11:45AM] The number of school districts seeking sufficient funding via referenda this Fall (September and November) keeps growing. My count is 20 districts committed to 23 referenda questions (12 questions in … Continue reading

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We Are Not Alone #22 (Referendum Roundup)

It must be that time of year, or more likely the “going out of business” state finance system continuing to take its toll on districts in Wisconsin. Five more districts have placed referenda Fall ballots. That brings the total to … Continue reading

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Third Time a Charm? Another Wausaukee Referendum in the Works (Updated, Again)

You’d better hold on to what you’ve got You’d better hold on to what you’ve got Cause if you think nobody wants it Just throw it away and you will see Someone will have it before you can count 1, … Continue reading

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Our schools are in danger, and some are just throwing stones

Joan Miro – “Personage Throwing a Stone at a Bird.” (1926) Prince Buster, “Dont Throw Stones” (click to listen) John Smart — of the Park Falls School Board, the Policies & Resolutions Committee of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards … Continue reading

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