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Wisconsin School Release for Religious Instruction Amendment, Question 4 (April 1972)

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The Wisconsin School Release for Religious Instruction Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 4, 1972 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article X, Section 3 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow the legislature to authorize the release of children from public schools during school hours for religious instruction.[1]

Election results

Question 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 595,075 50.41%
No585,51149.59%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1973

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall Section 3 of article X of the constitution be amended to permit the legislature to authorize the release of public school pupils during regular school hours for the purpose of religious instruction outside the public schools?"[1]

Constitutional changes

"(Article X) Section 3. The legislature shall provide by law for the establishment of district schools, which shall be as nearly uniform as practicable; and such schools shall be free and without charge for tuition to all children between the ages of four 4 and twenty 20 years; and no sectarian instruction shall be allowed therein; but the legislature by law may, for the purpose of religious instruction outside the district schools, authorize the release of students during regular school hours.</i>[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 41 & JR 37 (1969)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 17 & JR 28 (1971)[2]

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