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2127, 19 Jul 20

School Districts Asking for More Money

It seems that the pandemic, job losses, decline of personal income, decline of tax revenue, and general economic hardship has not diminished the greed of these people.

The school board for Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) has unanimously voted to include two referendum questions totaling $350 million on the November ballot, asking Madison voters if they want to raise their own taxes and take on more debt.

One question will ask voters to approve $33 million in spending beyond revenue limits over the next four years. The other question will ask voters to consider taking on $317 million in debt, to be repaid over 22 years.


OSHKOSH (WLUK) — Oshkosh Area Schools will have two referendums on November’s ballot.

The referendums, which were approved at a board meeting Wednesday night, seek to renew existing operating funds and fund school facility improvements.

The larger of the two referendums requests $107 million in capital funds to advance a long-range facilities plan.

Two of 420 school districts want to increase spending by $457 million – not including the interest on the debt.


2127, 19 July 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Just voucher the kids all up at half the cost and let piblic schools compete for funding through voucher.

    Taxpayers win big. Schools get better with competition. Bad teachers get eliminated.

  2. jjf

    Yah, Kevin.  Remember when conservatives would say that if the government handed out money, then the people receiving the money will eventually increase the price of the good that’s being bought?

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    That would be anticompetitive, now wouldn’t it?

    How about any alleged price increase come out of parents pocket over voucher baseline. That way parents are invested in child’s education.

    Imagine that.

  4. jjf

    You’re a regular ol’ Milton Friedman aren’t you?  I’ll wait (and wait) for your fellow conservatives to correct you, if they are brave enough.  That’s some Kevin’s Dictionary you’ve got there!  And a new entry for “anticompetitive”!

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    You use Milton Friedman like it is a bad thing.   Says a lot about your economic ignorance.

  6. jjf

    I’ll rephrase, Kevin.  Do you think the amount given in a voucher will increase or decrease in the years ahead?

  7. Mar

    Will the cost of education go up?
    It depends.
    If schools become more efficient, then no.
    If it is a big city public school, the cost will probably go up.
    Suburban schools, if they get more kids, their costs go up.
    Private schools, it depends. Too many variables.

  8. jjf

    Kevin, tell me that private (generally religious) schools didn’t raise their tuition or rejigger their advertised costs in order to take full advantage of the sweet new voucher money, especially if a large fraction of the kids handing over a voucher check were already students there.  Tell me why the schools wouldn’t have any incentive to do so.  Tell me what Friedman would say would happen.

  9. Mar

    You have evidence, jjf, or are you just making an ass out of yourself again?

  10. jjf

    Pshaw!  You can’t ask for evidence from private (generally religious) schools who get delicious tax dollars in pork via vouchers, everyone knows that!

    You just need to believe, like Tinker Bell.

    Asking what Friedman would say is asking for an understanding of the political and economic predictions he would make.

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