West Salem, Holmen and Viroqua. Voters in those communities considered school referendums. They're not uncommon.
La Crescent voters went to the polls in January for a school referendum. La Crosse built the new Northside Elementary because of one and Onalaska is renovating schools.
Photographers Garrett Soper, Dustin Luecke and reporter Dave Solie spoke with superintendents in West Salem and La Crosse to find out why school referendums have become so common. You can watch the attached story for details.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers has a plan to fund schools. It's called Fair Funding for Our Future. That plan includes an approach to return to two thirds funding of education. The DPI says it also holds the line on property taxes and provides funding for all students. Here's a link to that plan