WEAC members throughout the state rolled up their sleeves to help elect pro-public education candidates to their hometown school boards Tuesday and pass 50 referendums that provide resources students need.
Voters also re-elected Ann Walsh Bradley to the State Supreme Court. Bradley, who has served on the high court for 20 years, was recommended by the WEAC Board. She ran on a platform of being fair and neutral. “I am committed to maintaining a supreme court that is fair, neutral, impartial and non-partisan – a court that is fiercely independent, not beholden to any political party, association or special interest group,” she said.
“The positive results are an example of good, old-fashioned activism in action, where WEAC members knocked on doors, campaigned for write-in candidates and mailed hand-written postcards in their own communities,” said WEAC President Betsy Kippers. “These elections cemented partnerships between parent groups and educators, other unions and grassroots pro-public education organizations. The mounting support for public schools and educators is surely a Wisconsin success story.”
Based on a preliminary analysis, voters approved 50 school referendums and rejected 24. Among the largest of the referendums were $49.4 million in Port Washington-Saukville (additions and remodeling), $41 million in Madison (improvements, additions and renovations), and $41 million in DeForest (school building and renovation).