Report: School referendums break two records in 2018


Wisconsin voters have approved both a record dollar amount and a record percentage of school referendums in 2018. A new review by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum shows 2018 voters have signed off on more than $2 billion in debt and revenue increases for local schools, with an approval rate of 90 percent. > Wisconsin State Journal

With Evers’ victory plus education referendums winning in a landslide, teachers cautiously optimistic

After what’s been described as a “a long slog” for public schools under the eight-year Walker administration, public school teachers and advocates felt optimistic watching one of their own defeat Walker Tuesday night. In addition, 77 of Wisconsin’s 82 education referendums passed. > Cap Times

Report: $2 billion needed to maintain current services

A new report says it will take more than $2 billion just to maintain current state services, with a modest increase in spending and a more sizeable boost for schools. The analysis illustrates the dilemma facing incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-controlled Legislature. Evers will have to introduce a balanced budget early next year for the Legislature to consider.  > AP News

Now that Evers is Gov.-Elect, what happens to State Superintendent?

Given this week’s election results, Tony Evers will move from one statewide elected office to another. So what will happen to the position of state schools superintendent when its current occupant becomes the governor? The short answer is that Evers can appoint his own replacement. Wisconsin Public Radio will walk you through the long answer.

Enrollment in Wisconsin’s school voucher programs increasing


Enrollment in Wisconsin’s school voucher programs is on the rise, with taxpayers set to  spend $302 million this year on vouchers to send students to private schools, up $33 million over last year. Much of the increase is among students living outside Milwaukee and Racine. > AP News

Will the real ‘Education Governor’ please stand up?

Education is a key issue in the Wisconsin governor’s race. Gov. Scott Walker says Supt. Tony Evers will put “union bosses” back in charge and raise taxes. Evers says schools have suffered under Walker and voters are ready for change. > Isthmus

Schimel, Kaul spar over ACA, opioids, school safety in third debate

Wisconsin’s Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel and Democratic challenger Josh Kaul met in Milwaukee Tuesday — the third debate between the candidates. Similar to their first two appearances, Schimel and Kaul sparred over how to address the opioid crisis, school safety measures and the Affordable Care Act. > Wisconsin Public Radio