Wednesday - June 21, 2017 9:15 am

So much for local control on school referendums?

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Voters across Wisconsin have been approving school referendums at a rapid rate. More and more school districts in the state have turned to voters in the form of a referendum to get the money they need to operate their schools in the wake of declining support from the state. But some lawmakers in Madison want to put an end to that. In fact, they want to basically veto those referendums voters have already approved. Republican Rep. Janel Brandtjen has introduced legislation which would restrict how long school referendums could last, and would force many districts to roll back referendums voters approved dating back to 1996. She claims this would give voters a voice more often, rather than allowing them to approve referendums that last longer than that. But the fact is, local voters know their local school district, and its needs, better than the legislature. It should not be possible for the will of voters to be usurped by lawmakers, and it may be unconstitutional. If a majority of voters choose to approve more money for schools in La Crosse or any other district, the state shouldn't have a say in that. It is a local issue. Whatever happened to the “local control” our state lawmakers preach so much about?

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.