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.
| Question 4|
| Yes|| 595,075|| 50.41%|
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?"
"(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>
Path to the ballot
- First Legislative Approval: AJR 41 & JR 37 (1969)
- Second Legislative Approval: AJR 17 & JR 28 (1971)