Thank you, Lodi Enterprise, for the four-part series looking at school funding in Wisconsin. The series is a reflection of diminished state spending on schools and the rising use of referendums to fund this gap by school districts.

The series also shows how numbers can be used to justify different viewpoints. In the last two years 132 of 381 school districts in the state went to operational referendums. State Rep. Duey Strobel pointed out this leaves 249 which didn’t, so there isn’t a real problem.