Is there another school referendum in Madison’s immediate future?
If it means saving small schools in the center of the city that face closings or consolidations in the path of this year’s $10.5 million budget-cutting juggernaut, some neighborhood advocates argue it would be well worthwhile.
Matt Calvert, a Lapham-Marquette elementary school parent, said he favored a referendum that would provide money to the district for the next several years so that it would not close schools, increase class sizes or cut programs in an effort to close its budget gap.
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I don’t understand the quote from Johnny Winston Jr. on the referendum:
The article says:
“School Board President Johnny Winston Jr. gave a thumbs down to the notion of a referendum when contacted this morning.
‘At this time I just don’t see it as palatable. Honestly, I still don’t see the community outcry against the state and federal unfunded mandates, the revenue caps and the QEO that are combining to cause all these cuts,’ he said of the regulations governing school funding.”
In particular, I don’t understand this part:
“Honestly, I still don’t see the community outcry against the state and federal unfunded mandates, the revenue caps and the QEO that are combining to cause all these cuts.”
What’s he saying? I’d ask him, but he won’t answer any of my e-mails.
It seems that he’s saying that he won’t support a referendum because Madison school district residents aren’t storming the Capitol.
Anyone else have an interpretation?
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