As predicted the Franklin referendum to build a brand new middle school passed. Despite skepticism expressed in surveys by Franklin residents the Franklin Public School District intelligentsia got its forces out and persuaded (fooled) enough people for a slim margin of victory.
Franklin and other school districts in our region of the state have engaged in law-breaking tactics to push referendums. WISN’s Mark Belling has talked and written about the issue:
Check any of the following school referendum websites: Arrowhead, Cudahy, Elkhorn, Franklin, Middleton, Germantown, Oconomowoc, Sheboygan or Sheboygan Falls. Some have the same format and are laid out in the same way. That’s right — they all hired the same company to sleaze their way around the state law that bars direct advocacy. The website design appears to be the work of an Ohio-based company called “SchoolPointe” but it’s unclear if that firm designed the actual format for all of the pro-referendum sites. What is clear is that every single school district in our region that I checked has a pro-referendum website designed the same.
This is not a coincidence.
Likewise, every single school district in this area with a referendum hired the same firm to conduct a biased survey earlier in the year aimed at persuading people there is a need for a referendum.
It’s unfortunate the massive tax savings enjoyed under ACT 10 are being wasted by school district scam artists.