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This is a list of 443 of the school districts in [[Wisconsin (Sunshine Review)]].<ref>[http://dpi.wi.gov/districts.aspx Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction]</ref>
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'''Wisconsin''' is home to 462 school districts, 2,243 schools and 871,105 K-12 students.<ref name=Wisconsin>[http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/edfacts/state-profiles/wisconsin.pdf ''United States Department of Education,'' "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 8, 2013]</ref>
  
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==Quick facts==
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===State school administrators===
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* [[Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction|State Superintendent of Public Instruction]]: [[Tony Evers]]<ref>[http://statesupt.dpi.wi.gov/files/statesupt/pdf/cabinetphotos.pdf ''Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction,'' "State Superintendent's Cabinet," accessed June 13, 2014]</ref>
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* Deputy State Superintendent: Michael Thompson
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* Assistant State Superintendent, Academic Excellence: Sheila Briggs
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* Assistant State Superintendent, Finance and Management: Brian Pahnke
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* Assistant State Superintendent, Learning Support: Carolyn Stanford Taylor
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* Assistant State Superintendent, Libraries and Technology: Kurt Kiefer
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* Assistant State Superintendent, Student and School Success: Lynette Russell
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* Chief of Staff: Jessica Justman
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* Chief Legal Counsel: Janet Jenkins
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* Communications Director: John Johnson
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* Senior Policy Adviser: Jeff Pertl
  
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===Statistics===
*[[21st Century Preparatory School, Wisconsin|21st Century Prep School]]
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The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment and overall accountability score on the state's annual report card for the 2012-2013 school year.<ref>[http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/tableGenerator.aspx ''National Center for Education Statistics,'' "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref><ref>[https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/ ''Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction,'' "Report Cards," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref>
  
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
*[[Abbotsford School District, Wisconsin|Abbotsford School District]]
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*[[Academy of Learning & Leadership, Wisconsin|Academy of Learning & Leadership]]
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Enrollment, 2011-2012
*[[Adams-Friendship Area School District, Wisconsin|Adams-Friendship Area School District]]
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Overall accountability score, 2012-2013
*[[Albany School District, Wisconsin|Albany School District]]
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*[[Algoma School District, Wisconsin|Algoma School District]]
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| 1.) [[Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin|Milwaukee Public Schools]] || 1.) [[Norway J7 School District, Wisconsin|Norway J7 School District]]
*[[Alma Center School District, Wisconsin|Alma Center School District]]
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*[[Alma School District, Wisconsin|Alma School District]]
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| 2.) [[Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin|Madison Metropolitan School District]] || 2.) [[Mequon-Thiensville School District, Wisconsin|Mequon-Thiensville School District]]  
*[[Almond-Bancroft School District, Wisconsin|Almond-Bancroft School District]]
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*[[Altoona School District, Wisconsin|Altoona School District]]
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| 3.) [[Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin|Kenosha Unified School District]] || 3.) [[Swallow School District, Wisconsin|Swallow School District]]
*[[Amery School District, Wisconsin|Amery School District]]
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*[[Antigo School District, Wisconsin|Antigo School District]]
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| 4.) [[Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin|Racine Unified School District]] || 4.) [[North Lake School District, Wisconsin|North Lake School District]]
*[[Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin|Appleton Area School District]]
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*[[Arcadia School District, Wisconsin|Arcadia School District]]
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| 5.) [[Green Bay Area Public School District, Wisconsin|Green Bay Area Public School District]] || 5.) [[Fox Point J2 School District, Wisconsin|Fox Point J2 School District]]
*[[Argyle School District, Wisconsin|Argyle School District]]
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*[[Arrowhead UHS School District, Wisconsin|Arrowhead UHS School District]]
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| 6.) [[Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin|Appleton Area School District]] || 6.) [[Merton Community School District, Wisconsin|Merton Community School District]]
*[[Ashland School District, Wisconsin|Ashland School District]]
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*[[Ashwaubenon School District, Wisconsin|Ashwaubenon School District]]
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| 7.) [[Waukesha School District, Wisconsin|Waukesha School District]] || 7.) [[Richmond School District, Wisconsin|Richmond School District]]
*[[Athens School District, Wisconsin|Athens School District]]
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*[[Auburndale School District, Wisconsin|Auburndale School District]]
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| 8.) [[Eau Claire Area School District, Wisconsin|Eau Claire Area School District]] || 8.) [[Richfield J1 School District, Wisconsin|Richfield J1 School District]]
*[[Augusta School District, Wisconsin|Augusta School District]]
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| 9.) [[Janesville School District, Wisconsin|Janesville School District]] || 9.) [[Hamilton School District, Wisconsin|Hamilton School District]]
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| 10.) [[Sheboygan Area School District, Wisconsin|Sheboygan Area School District]] || 10.) [[Cedarburg School District, Wisconsin|Cedarburg School District]]
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===Demographics===
*[[Baldwin-Woodville Area School District, Wisconsin|Baldwin-Woodville Area School District]]
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{{Education k-12 ethnicity Wisconsin}}
*[[Bangor School District, Wisconsin|Bangor School District]]
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*[[Baraboo School District, Wisconsin|Baraboo School District]]
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*[[Barneveld School District, Wisconsin|Barneveld School District]]
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*[[Barron Area School District, Wisconsin|Barron Area School District]]
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*[[Bayfield School District, Wisconsin|Bayfield School District]]
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*[[Beaver Dam Unified School District, Wisconsin|Beaver Dam Unified School District]]
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*[[Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District, Wisconsin|Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District]]
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*[[School District of Belleville, Wisconsin|Belleville School District]]
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*[[Belmont Community School District, Wisconsin|Belmont School District]]
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*[[Beloit School District, Wisconsin|Beloit School District]]
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*[[Beloit Turner School District, Wisconsin|Beloit Turner School District]]
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*[[Benton School District, Wisconsin|Benton School District]]
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*[[Berlin Area School District, Wisconsin|Berlin School District]]
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*[[Big Foot UHS School District, Wisconsin|Big Foot UHS School District]]
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*[[Birchwood School District, Wisconsin|Birchwood School District]]
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*[[Black Hawk School District, Wisconsin|Black Hawk School District]]
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*[[Black River Falls School District, Wisconsin|Black River Falls School District]]
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*[[Blair-Taylor School District, Wisconsin|Blair-Taylor School District]]
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*[[Bloomer School District, Wisconsin|Bloomer School District]]
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*[[Bonduel School District, Wisconsin|Bonduel School District]]
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*[[Boscobel Area School District, Wisconsin|Boscobel Area School District]]
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*[[Boulder Junction J1 School District, Wisconsin|Boulder Junction J1 School District]]
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*[[Bowler School District, Wisconsin|Bowler School District]]
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*[[Boyceville Community School District, Wisconsin|Boyceville Community School District]]
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*[[Brighton School District, Wisconsin|Brighton School District]]
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*[[Brillion School District, Wisconsin|Brillion School District]]
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*[[Bristol School District, Wisconsin|Bristol School District]]
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*[[Brodhead School District, Wisconsin|Brodhead School District]]
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*[[Brown Deer School District, Wisconsin|Brown Deer School District]]
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*[[Bruce School District, Wisconsin|Bruce School District]]
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*[[Bruce Guadalupe School District, Wisconsin|Bruce Guadalupe School District]]
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*[[Burlington Area School District, Wisconsin|Burlington Area School District]]
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*[[Business & Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM), Wisconsin|Business & Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM)]]
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*[[Butternut School District, Wisconsin|Butternut School District]]
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==In the news==
*[[School District of Cadott Community, Wisconsin|Cadott Community School District]]
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===Districts opt out of federal nutrition program===
*[[Cambria-Friesland School District, Wisconsin|Cambria-Friesland School District]]
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Several Wisconsin districts opted out of the National School Lunch Program in spring 2014 due to disagreements over changes in school nutrition guidelines. The program, run by the [[U.S. Department of Agriculture]], recently adopted new guidelines for school lunches that reduce salt, fat and sugar content. These guidelines were created by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and supported by first lady [[Michelle Obama]], who has advocated for improved nutritional programs. The federal lunch program requires adherence to nutritional guidelines to receive financial assistance.<ref name=lunch>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/health/some-districts-balk-at-latest-serving-of-school-lunch-rules-b99288269z1-265421821.html ''Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,'' "Some districts balk at latest serving of school lunch rules," July 1, 2014]</ref>
*[[Cambridge School District, Wisconsin|Cambridge School District]]
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*[[Cameron School District, Wisconsin|Cameron School District]]
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*[[Campbellsport School District, Wisconsin|Campbellsport School District]]
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*[[Capitol West Academy, Wisconsin|Capital West Academy]]
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*[[Cashton School District, Wisconsin|Cashton School District]]
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*[[Cassville School District, Wisconsin|Cassville School District]]
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*[[Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School District, Wisconsin|Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School District]]
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*[[Cedarburg School District, Wisconsin|Cedarburg School District]]
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*[[Central City Cyberschool, Wisconsin|Central City Cyberschool]]
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*[[Central/Westosha UHS School District, Wisconsin|Central/Westosha UHS School District]]
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*[[Chequamegon School District, Wisconsin|Chequamegon School District]]
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*[[Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District, Wisconsin|Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District]]
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*[[Chilton School District, Wisconsin|Chilton School District]]
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*[[Chippewa Falls Area School District, Wisconsin|Chippewa Falls Area School District]]
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*[[Clayton School District, Wisconsin|Clayton School District]]
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*[[Clear Lake School District, Wisconsin|Clear Lake School District]]
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*[[Clinton Community School District, Wisconsin|Clinton Community School District]]
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*[[Clintonville School District, Wisconsin|Clintonville School District]]
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*[[Cochrane-Fountain City School District, Wisconsin|Cochrane-Fountain City School District]]
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*[[Colby School District, Wisconsin|Colby School District]]
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*[[Coleman School District, Wisconsin|Coleman School District]]
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*[[Colfax School District, Wisconsin|Colfax School District]]
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*[[Columbus School District, Wisconsin|Columbus School District]]
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*[[Cornell School District, Wisconsin|Cornell School District]]
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*[[Crandon School District, Wisconsin|Crandon School District]]
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*[[Crivitz School District, Wisconsin|Crivitz School District]]
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*[[Cuba City School District, Wisconsin|Cuba City School District]]
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*[[Cudahy School District, Wisconsin|Cudahy School District]]
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*[[Cumberland School District, Wisconsin|Cumberland School District]]
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District administrators in [[Muskego-Norway School District, Wisconsin|Muskego-Norway School District]] and [[Waterford Graded J1 School District, Wisconsin|Waterford Graded School District]] withdrew from the National School Lunch Program as a reaction to the new guidelines. A district working outside of the program must pay for free or reduced-fee lunches, but superintendents in the withdrawn districts believe they will be in better financial positions. Waterford Grade Superintendent Christopher Joch argued that the costs associated with free lunches will be recovered by raising lunch prices by a dime and eliminating wasted food that meets stricter nutritional standards. Muskego-Norway school board member Rick Petfalski also suggested that districts want greater local control over nutritional programs.<ref name=lunch/>
*[[D.C. Everest Area School District, Wisconsin|D.C. Everest Area School District]]
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*[[Darlington Community School District, Wisconsin|Darlington Community School District]]
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*[[Deerfield Community School District, Wisconsin|Deerfield Community School District]]
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*[[DeForest Area School District, Wisconsin|DeForest Area School District]]
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*[[Delavan-Darien School District, Wisconsin|Delavan-Darien School District]]
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*[[Denmark School District, Wisconsin|Denmark School District]]
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*[[DePere School District, Wisconsin|DePere School District]]
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*[[DeSoto Area School District, Wisconsin|DeSoto Area School District]]
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*[[DLH Academy, Wisconsin|DLH Academy]]
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*[[Dodgeland School District, Wisconsin|Dodgeland School District]]
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*[[Dodgeville School District, Wisconsin|Dodgeville School District]]
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*[[Dover School District, Wisconsin|Dover #1 School District]]
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*[[Downtown Montessori Academy, Wisconsin|Downtown Montessori Academy]]
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*[[Drummond Area School District, Wisconsin|Drummond School District]]
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*[[Durand School District, Wisconsin|Durand School District]]
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===Lawsuit over teachers' contract in Kenosha===
*[[East Troy Community School District, Wisconsin|East Troy Community School District]]
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In November 2013, the [[Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin#School board|Kenosha Board of Education]] agreed to a new contract with the Kenosha Education Association (KEA) by a 4-3 vote. This agreement with the teachers' union drew attention because collective bargaining over public employee salaries is limited by state law under [[Wisconsin Act 10, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011)|Act 10]]. This 2011 law also prohibits employers from withdrawing involuntary contributions to public employee unions from wages. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), a conservative legal aid organization, and Kristi Lacroix attempted to block the contract in court after the board vote. The WILL argued that the contract exceeded salary increase limits in Act 10. District officials countered that teachers were given one-time bonuses rather than salary increases under the agreement.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/in-apparent-defiance-of-act-10-law-kenosha-schools-to-deduct-union-dues-b99203042z1-244907441.html ''Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,'' "Kenosha schools, teachers union at odds over deducting union dues," February 11, 2014]</ref>
*[[Eau Claire Area School District, Wisconsin|Eau Claire Area School District]]
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*[[Edgar School District, Wisconsin|Edgar School District]]
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*[[Edgerton School District, Wisconsin|Edgerton School District]]
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*[[Elcho School District, Wisconsin|Elcho School District]]
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*[[Eleva-Strum School District, Wisconsin|Eleva-Strum School District]]
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*[[Elk Mound Area School District, Wisconsin|Elk Mound Area School District]]
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*[[Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District, Wisconsin|Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District]]
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*[[Elkhorn Area School District, Wisconsin|Elkhorn Area School District]]
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*[[Ellsworth Community School District, Wisconsin|Ellsworth Community School District]]
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*[[Elmbrook School District, Wisconsin|Elmbrook School District]]
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*[[Elmwood School District, Wisconsin|Elmwood School District]]
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*[[Erin School District, Wisconsin|Erin School District]]
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*[[Evansville Community School District, Wisconsin|Evansville Community School District]]
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A 4-3 vote by the board during a June 5, 2014 meeting settled the lawsuit with WILL by paying $10,500 in legal fees. This settlement also nullified the 2013 agreement with the KEA.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/kenosha-school-board-settles-lawsuit-over-act-10-dispute-b99285907z1-262140831.html ''Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,'' "Kenosha School Board settles lawsuit over Act 10 dispute," June 6, 2014]</ref>
*[[Fall Creek School District, Wisconsin|Fall Creek School District]]
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*[[Fall River School District, Wisconsin|Fall River School District]]
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*[[Fennimore Community School District, Wisconsin|Fennimore Community School District]]
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*[[Flambeau School District, Wisconsin|Flambeau School District]]
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*[[Florence School District, Wisconsin|Florence School District]]
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*[[Fond du Lac School District, Wisconsin|Fond du Lac School District]]
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*[[Fontana J8 School District, Wisconsin|Fontana J8 School District]]
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*[[Fort Atkinson School District, Wisconsin|Fort Atkinson School District]]
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*[[Fox Point J2 School District, Wisconsin|Fox Point J2 School District]]
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*[[Franklin Public School District, Wisconsin|Franklin Public School District]]
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*[[Frederic School District, Wisconsin|Frederic School District]]
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*[[Freedom Area School District, Wisconsin|Freedom Area School District]]
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*[[Friess Lake School District, Wisconsin|Friess Lake School District]]
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==State law==
*[[Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District, Wisconsin|Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District]]
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===Common Core===
*[[Geneva J4 School District, Wisconsin|Geneva J4 School District]]
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*[[Genoa City J2 School District, Wisconsin|Genoa City J2 School District]]
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*[[Germantown School District, Wisconsin|Germantown School District]]
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*[[Gibraltar Area School District, Wisconsin|Gibraltar School District]]
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*[[Gillett School District, Wisconsin|Gillett School District]]
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*[[Gilman School District, Wisconsin|Gilman School District]]
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*[[Gilmanton School District, Wisconsin|Gilmanton School District]]
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*[[Glendale-River Hills School District, Wisconsin|Glendale-River Hills School District]]
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*[[Glenwood City School District, Wisconsin|Glenwood City School District]]
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*[[Glidden School District, Wisconsin|Glidden School District]]
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*[[Goodman-Armstrong School District, Wisconsin|Goodman-Armstrong School District]]
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*[[Grafton School District, Wisconsin|Grafton School District]]
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*[[Granton Area School District, Wisconsin|Granton School District]]
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*[[Grantsburg School District, Wisconsin|Grantsburg School District]]
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*[[Green Bay Area School District, Wisconsin|Green Bay Area School District]]
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*[[Green Lake School District, Wisconsin|Green Lake School District]]
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*[[Greendale School District, Wisconsin|Greendale School District]]
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*[[Greenfield School District, Wisconsin|Greenfield School District]]
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*[[Greenwood School District, Wisconsin|Greenwood School District]]
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*[[Gresham School District, Wisconsin|Gresham School District]]
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===School board composition===
*[[Hamilton School District, Wisconsin|Hamilton School District]]
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Wisconsin school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. Wisconsin school board elections typically follow one of these two methods, or a mixture thereof:<ref name=wi>[https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/120.pdf ''Wisconsin State Legislature,'' "Chapter 120: School District Government," July 1, 2014]</ref>
*[[Hartford J1 School District, Wisconsin|Hartford J1 School District]]
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*[[Hartford UHS School District, Wisconsin|Hartford UHS School District]]
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*[[Hartland-Lakeside J3 School District, Wisconsin|Hartland-Lakeside J3 School District]]
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*[[Hayward Community School District, Wisconsin|Hayward Community School District]]
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*[[Herman School District, Wisconsin|Herman School District]]
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*[[Highland School District, Wisconsin|Highland School District]]
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*[[Hilbert School District, Wisconsin|Hilbert School District]]
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*[[Hillsboro School District, Wisconsin|Hillsboro School District]]
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*[[Holmen School District, Wisconsin|Holmen School District]]
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*[[Horicon School District, Wisconsin|Horicon School District]]
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*[[Hortonville School District, Wisconsin|Hortonville School District]]
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*[[Howard-Suamico School District, Wisconsin|Howard-Suamico School District]]
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*[[Howards Grove School District, Wisconsin|Howards Grove School District]]
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*[[Hudson School District, Wisconsin|Hudson School District]]
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*[[Hurley School District, Wisconsin|Hurley School District]]
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*[[Hustisford School District, Wisconsin|Hustisford School District]]
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*'''At-large:''' All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
*[[Independence School District, Wisconsin|Independence School District]]
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*'''Trustee area:''' Only voters residing in a specific geographic area within the school district may vote on certain candidates, who must also reside in that specific geographic area. 
*[[Iola-Scandinavia School District, Wisconsin|Iola-Scandinavia School District]]
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*[[Iowa-Grant School District, Wisconsin|Iowa-Grant School District]]
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*[[Ithaca School District, Wisconsin|Ithaca School District]]
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School boards consists of three, five, seven or nine members. Board members serve terms of three or four years.<ref name=wi/>
*[[Janesville School District, Wisconsin|Janesville School District]]
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*[[Jefferson School District, Wisconsin|Jefferson School District]]
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*[[Johnson Creek School District, Wisconsin|Johnson Creek School District]]
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*[[Juda School District, Wisconsin|Juda School District]]
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===District types===
*[[Kaukauna Area School District, Wisconsin|Kaukauna School District]]
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Wisconsin contains multiple types of [[Public school district (United States)|school districts]] described below:<ref name=wi/>
*[[Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin|Kenosha School District]]
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*[[Kettle Moraine School District, Wisconsin|Kettle Moraine School District]]
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*[[Kewaskum School District, Wisconsin|Kewaskum School District]]
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*[[Kewaunee School District, Wisconsin|Kewaunee School District]]
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*[[Kickapoo Area School District, Wisconsin|Kickapoo Area School District]]
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*[[Kiel Area School District, Wisconsin|Kiel Area School District]]
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*[[Kimberly Area School District, Wisconsin|Kimberly Area School District]]
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*[[King's Academy, Wisconsin|King's Academy]]
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*[[Kohler School District, Wisconsin|Kohler School District]]
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* '''Common school district:''' A district operating schools in a city with less than 150,000 residents. Common school districts are required by state law to host an annual board meeting on the fourth Monday in July.
*[[School District of La Crosse, Wisconsin|La Crosse School District]]
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* '''First-class city district:''' A district operating schools in a city with 150,000 or more residents. As of July 2014, [[Milwaukee, Wisconsin|Milwaukee]] is the only first-class city in [[Wisconsin]].<ref>[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lrb/gw/gw_6.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau,'' "Counties, Cities, Villages, Towns: Forms of Local Government and Their Functions," accessed July 10, 2014]</ref>
*[[La Farge School District, Wisconsin|La Farge School District]]
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* '''Joint school district:''' A district serving K-12 students from two or more municipalities.
*[[Lac du Flambeau School District, Wisconsin|Lac du Flameau School District]]
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* '''Unified school district:''' A district operating schools in a city or group of cities with less than 150,000 residents. Unlike common school districts, unified school districts are not required to host annual board meetings.
*[[Ladysmith-Hawkins School District, Wisconsin|Ladysmith-Hawkins School District]]
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* '''Union high school district:''' A district serving high school students from two or more municipalities. Union high school districts are required by state law to host an annual board meeting on the third Monday in July.
*[[Lake Country School District, Wisconsin|Lake Country School District]]
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*[[Lake Geneva J1 School District, Wisconsin|Lake Geneva J1 School District]]
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*[[Lake Geneva-Genoa City UHS School District, Wisconsin|Lake Geneva-Genoa City UHS School District]]
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*[[Lake Holcombe School District, Wisconsin|Lake Holcombe School District]]
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*[[Lake Mills Area School District, Wisconsin|Lake Mills Area School District]]
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*[[Lakeland UHS School District, Wisconsin|Lakeland UHS School District]]
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*[[Lancaster Community School District, Wisconsin|Lancaster Community School District]]
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*[[Laona School District, Wisconsin|Laona School District]]
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*[[Lena School District, Wisconsin|Lena School District]]
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*[[Linn J4 School District, Wisconsin|Linn J4 School District]]
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*[[Linn J6 School District, Wisconsin|Linn J6 School District]]
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*[[Little Chute Area School District, Wisconsin|Little Chute Area School District]]
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*[[Lodi School District, Wisconsin|Lodi School District]]
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*[[Lomira School District, Wisconsin|Lomira School District]]
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*[[Loyal School District, Wisconsin|Loyal School District]]
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*[[Luck School District, Wisconsin|Luck School District]]
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*[[Luxemburg-Casco School District, Wisconsin|Luxemburg-Casco School District]]
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===Term limits===
*[[Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin|Madison Metropolitan School District]]
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Wisconsin does not impose statewide term limits on school board members. However, terms limits on school board members can still be imposed on the local level.<ref name=wi/>
*[[Manawa School District, Wisconsin|Manawa School District]]
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*[[Manitowoc School District, Wisconsin|Manitowoc School District]]
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*[[Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District, Wisconsin|Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District]]
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*[[Maple School District, Wisconsin|Maple School District]]
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*[[Marathon City School District, Wisconsin|Marathon School District]]
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*[[Marinette School District, Wisconsin|Marinette School District]]
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*[[Marion School District, Wisconsin|Marion School District]]
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*[[Markesan School District, Wisconsin|Markesan School District]]
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*[[Marshall School District, Wisconsin|Marshall School District]]
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*[[Marshfield School District, Wisconsin|Marshfield School District]]
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*[[Mauston School District, Wisconsin|Mauston School District]]
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*[[Mayville School District, Wisconsin|Mayville School District]]
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*[[McFarland School District, Wisconsin|McFarland School District]]
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*[[Medford Area School District, Wisconsin|Medford Area School District]]
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*[[Mellen School District, Wisconsin|Mellen School District]]
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*[[Melrose-Mindoro School District, Wisconsin|Melrose-Mindoro School District]]
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*[[Menasha Joint School District, Wisconsin|Menasha School District]]
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*[[Menominee Indian School District, Wisconsin|Menominee Indian School District]]
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*[[Menomonee Falls School District, Wisconsin|Menomonee Falls School District]]
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*[[Menomonie Area School District, Wisconsin|Menomonie Area School District]]
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*[[Mequon-Thiensville School District, Wisconsin|Mequon-Thiensville School District]]
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*[[Mercer School District, Wisconsin|Mercer School District]]
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*[[Merrill Area School District, Wisconsin|Merrill Area School District]]
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*[[Merton Community School District, Wisconsin|Merton Community School District]]
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*[[Middleton-Cross Plains School District, Wisconsin|Middleton-Cross Plains School District]]
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*[[Milton School District, Wisconsin|Milton School District]]
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*[[Milwaukee Academy of Science, Wisconsin|Milwaukee Academy of Science]]
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*[[Milwaukee College Preparatory School, Wisconsin|Milwaukee College Preparatory School]]
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*[[Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin|Milwaukee Public School District]]
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*[[Milwaukee Renaissance Academy, Wisconsin|Milwaukee Renaissance Academy]]
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*[[Mineral Point School District, Wisconsin|Mineral Point School District]]
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*[[Minocqua J1 School District, Wisconsin|Minocqua J1 School District]]
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*[[Mishicot School District, Wisconsin|Mishicot School District]]
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*[[Mondovi School District, Wisconsin|Mondovi School District]]
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*[[Monona Grove School District, Wisconsin|Monona Grove School District]]
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*[[Monroe School District, Wisconsin|Monroe School District]]
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*[[Montello School District, Wisconsin|Montello School District]]
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*[[Monticello School District, Wisconsin|Monticello School District]]
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*[[Mosinee School District, Wisconsin|Mosinee School District]]
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*[[Mount Horeb Area School District, Wisconsin|Mount Horeb Area School District]]
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*[[Mukwonago School District, Wisconsin|Mukwonago School District]]
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*[[Muskego-Norway School District, Wisconsin|Muskego-Norway School District]]
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==School board elections==
*[[Necedah Area School District, Wisconsin|Necedah School District]]
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===Upcoming elections===
*[[Neenah School District, Wisconsin|Neenah School District]]
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*[[Neillsville School District, Wisconsin|Neillsville School District]]
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{{Wisconsin SBE 2014}}
*[[Nekoosa School District, Wisconsin|Nekoosa School District]]
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*[[Neosho J3 School District, Wisconsin|Neosho J3 School District]]
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*[[New Auburn School District, Wisconsin|New Auburn School District]]
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*[[New Berlin School District, Wisconsin|New Berlin School District]]
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*[[New Glarus School District, Wisconsin|New Glarus School District]]
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*[[New Holstein School District, Wisconsin|New Holstein School District]]
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*[[New Lisbon School District, Wisconsin|New Lisbon School District]]
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*[[New London School District, Wisconsin|New London School District]]
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*[[New Richmond School District, Wisconsin|New Richmond School District]]
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*[[Niagara School District, Wisconsin|Niagara School District]]
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*[[Nicolet UHS School District, Wisconsin|Nicolet UHS School District]]
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*[[Nicolet Area Technical College District, Wisconsin|Nicolet College]]
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*[[Norris School District, Wisconsin|Norris School District]]
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*[[North Cape School District, Wisconsin|North Cape School District]]
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*[[North Crawford School District, Wisconsin|North Crawford School District]]
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*[[North Fond du Lac School District, Wisconsin|North Fond du Lac School District]]
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*[[North Lake School District, Wisconsin|North Lake School District]]
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*[[North Lakeland School District, Wisconsin|North Lakeland School District]]
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*[[Northern Ozaukee School District, Wisconsin|Northern Ozaukee School District]]
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*[[Northland Pines School District, Wisconsin|Northland Pines School District]]
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*[[Northwood School District, Wisconsin|Northwood School District]]
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*[[Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District, Wisconsin|Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District]]
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*[[Norway J7 School District, Wisconsin|Norway J7 School District]]
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*[[Oak Creek-Franklin School District, Wisconsin|Oak Creek-Franklin School District]]
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To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Wisconsin, a person must be:<ref name=ballot>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/gab_forms/3/gabis_5_ballot_access_checklist_school_district_of_96716.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board,'' "Ballot Access Checklist," accessed January 24, 2014]</ref>
*[[Oakfield School District, Wisconsin|Oakfield School District]]
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*[[Oconomowoc Area School District, Wisconsin|Oconomowoc Area School District]]
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*[[Oconto Falls School District, Wisconsin|Oconto Falls School District]]
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*[[Oconto School District, Wisconsin|Oconto School District]]
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*[[Omro School District, Wisconsin|Omro School District]]
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*[[Onalaska School District, Wisconsin|Onalaska School District]]
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*[[Oostburg School District, Wisconsin|Oostburg School District]]
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*[[Oregon School District, Wisconsin|Oregon School District]]
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*[[Osceola School District, Wisconsin|Osceola School District]]
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*[[Oshkosh Area School District, Wisconsin|Oshkosh Area School District]]
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*[[Osseo-Fairchild School District, Wisconsin|Osseo-Fairchild School District]]
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*[[Owen-Withee School District, Wisconsin|Owen-Withee School District]]
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* 18 years of age or older
*[[Palmyra-Eagle Area School District, Wisconsin|Palmyra-Eagle Area School District]]
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* A resident of the district for at least 10 days before the election
*[[Pardeeville Area School District, Wisconsin|Pardeeville School District]]
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*[[Paris J1 School District, Wisconsin|Paris J1 School District]]
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*[[Parkview School District, Wisconsin|Parkview School District]]
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*[[Pecatonica Area School District, Wisconsin|Pecatonica Area School District]]
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*[[Pepin Area School District, Wisconsin|Pepin Area School District]]
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*[[Peshtigo School District, Wisconsin|Peshtigo School District]]
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*[[Pewaukee School District, Wisconsin|Pewaukee School District]]
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*[[Phelps School District, Wisconsin|Phelps School District]]
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*[[Phillips School District, Wisconsin|Phillips School District]]
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*[[Pittsville School District, Wisconsin|Pittsville School District]]
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*[[Platteville School District, Wisconsin|Platteville School District]]
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*[[Plum City School District, Wisconsin|Plum City School District]]
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*[[Plymouth School District, Wisconsin|Plymouth School District]]
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*[[Port Edwards School District, Wisconsin|Port Edwards School District]]
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*[[Port Washington-Saukville School District, Wisconsin|Port Washington-Saukville School District]]
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*[[Portage Community School District, Wisconsin|Portage Community School District]]
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*[[Potosi School District, Wisconsin|Potosi School District]]
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*[[Poynette School District, Wisconsin|Poynette School District]]
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*[[Prairie du Chien Area School District, Wisconsin|Prairie du Chien Area School District]]
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*[[Prairie Farm School District, Wisconsin|Prairie Farm School District]]
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*[[Prentice School District, Wisconsin|Prentice School District]]
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*[[Prescott School District, Wisconsin|Prescott School District]]
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*[[Princeton School District, Wisconsin|Princeton School District]]
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*[[Pulaski Community School District, Wisconsin|Pulaski Community School District]]
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Each candidate submits a Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidate to the school district clerk. State law also requires a minimum number of signatures from district residents to qualify candidates for the ballot. The signature threshold is divided into three categories:<ref name=ballot/>
*[[Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin|Racine Unified School District]]
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*[[Randall J1 School District, Wisconsin|Randall J1 School District]]
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*[[Randolph School District, Wisconsin|Randolph School District]]
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*[[Random Lake School District, Wisconsin|Random Lake School District]]
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*[[Raymond School District, Wisconsin|Raymond School District]]
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*[[Reedsburg School District, Wisconsin|Reedsburg School District]]
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*[[Reedsville School District, Wisconsin|Reedsville School District]]
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*[[Rhinelander School District, Wisconsin|Rhinelander School District]]
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*[[Rib Lake School District, Wisconsin|Rib Lake School District]]
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*[[Rice Lake Area School District, Wisconsin|Rice Lake Area School District]]
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*[[Richfield J1 School District, Wisconsin|Richfield J1 School District]]
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*[[Richland School District, Wisconsin|Richland School District]]
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*[[Richmond School District, Wisconsin|Richmond School District]]
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*[[Rio Community School District, Wisconsin|Rio Community School District]]
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*[[Ripon School District, Wisconsin|Ripon School District]]
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*[[River Falls School District, Wisconsin|River Falls School District]]
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*[[River Ridge School District, Wisconsin|River Ridge School District]]
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*[[River Valley School District, Wisconsin|River Valley School District]]
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*[[Riverdale School District, Wisconsin|Riverdale School District]]
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*[[Rosendale-Brandon School District, Wisconsin|Rosendale-Brandon School District]]
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*[[Rosholt School District, Wisconsin|Rosholt School District]]
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*[[Royall School District, Wisconsin|Royall School District]]
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*[[Rubicon J6 School District, Wisconsin|Rubicon J6 School District]]
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* First-class cities: 400-800 valid signatures
*[[Saint Croix Central School District, Wisconsin|Saint Croix Central School District]]
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* Second-class cities: 100-200 valid signatures
*[[Saint Croix Falls School District, Wisconsin|Saint Croix Falls School District]]
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* Other cities with no overlap with first-class or second-class cities: 20-100 valid signatures
*[[Saint Francis School District, Wisconsin|Saint Francis School District]]
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*[[Salem School District, Wisconsin|Salem School District]]
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*[[Sauk Prairie School District, Wisconsin|Sauk Prairie School District]]
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*[[School for Early Development & Achievement, Wisconsin|School for Early Development & Achievement]]
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*[[Seeds of Health Elementary, Wisconsin|Seeds of Health Elementary]]
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*[[Seneca School District, Wisconsin|Seneca School District]]
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*[[Sevastopol School District, Wisconsin|Sevastopol School District]]
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*[[Seymour Community School District, Wisconsin|Seymour Community School District]]
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*[[Sharon J11 School District, Wisconsin|Sharon J11 School District]]
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*[[Shawano-Gresham School District, Wisconsin|Shawano-Gresham School District]]
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*[[Sheboygan Area School District, Wisconsin|Sheboygan Area School District]]
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*[[Sheboygan Falls School District, Wisconsin|Sheboygan Falls School District]]
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*[[Shell Lake School District, Wisconsin|Shell Lake School District]]
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*[[Shiocton School District, Wisconsin|Shiocton School District]]
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*[[Shorewood School District, Wisconsin|Shorewood School District]]
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*[[Shullsburg School District, Wisconsin|Shullsburg School District]]
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*[[Silver Lake J1 School District, Wisconsin|Silver Lake J1 School District]]
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*[[Siren School District, Wisconsin|Siren School District]]
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*[[Slinger School District, Wisconsin|Slinger School District]]
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*[[Solon Springs School District, Wisconsin|Solon Springs School District]]
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*[[Somerset School District, Wisconsin|Somerset School District]]
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*[[South Milwaukee School District, Wisconsin|South Milwaukee School District]]
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*[[South Shore School District, Wisconsin|South Shore School District]]
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*[[Southern Door County School District, Wisconsin|Southern Door County School District]]
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*[[Southwestern Wisconsin School District, Wisconsin|Southwestern Wisconsin School District]]
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*[[Sparta Area School District, Wisconsin|Sparta Area School District]]
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*[[Spencer School District, Wisconsin|Spencer School District]]
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*[[Spooner Area School District, Wisconsin|Spooner Area School District]]
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*[[Spring Valley School District, Wisconsin|Spring Valley School District]]
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*[[Stanley-Boyd Area School District, Wisconsin|Stanley-Boyd Area School District]]
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*[[Stevens Point Area School District, Wisconsin|Stevens Point Area School District]]
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*[[Stockbridge School District, Wisconsin|Stockbridge School District]]
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*[[Stone Bank School District, Wisconsin|Stone Bank School District]]
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*[[Stoughton Area School District, Wisconsin|Stoughton Area School District]]
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*[[Stratford School District, Wisconsin|Stratford School District]]
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*[[Sturgeon Bay School District, Wisconsin|Sturgeon Bay School District]]
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*[[Sun Prairie Area School District, Wisconsin|Sun Prairie Area School District]]
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*[[Superior School District, Wisconsin|Superior School District]]
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*[[Suring School District, Wisconsin|Suring School District]]
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*[[Swallow School District, Wisconsin|Swallow School District]]
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*[[Tenor High School, Wisconsin|Tenor High School]]
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State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year. Campaign finance reports and exemption claims are submitted to the school district clerk.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publication/63/campaign_finance_overview_localcandidates_pdf_13057.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board,'' "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010]</ref>
*[[Thorp School District, Wisconsin|Thorp School District]]
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*[[Three Lakes School District, Wisconsin|Three Lakes School District]]
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*[[Tigerton School District, Wisconsin|Tigerton School District]]
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*[[Tomah Area School District, Wisconsin|Tomah Area School District]]
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*[[Tomahawk School District, Wisconsin|Tomahawk School District]]
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*[[Tomorrow River School District, Wisconsin|Tomorrow River School District]]
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*[[Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District, Wisconsin|Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District]]
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*[[Tri-County Area School District, Wisconsin|Tri-County Area School District]]
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*[[Turtle Lake School District, Wisconsin|Turtle Lake School District]]
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*[[Twin Lakes School District, Wisconsin|Twin Lakes School District]]
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*[[Two Rivers School District, Wisconsin|Two Rivers School District]]
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*[[Union Grove J1 School District, Wisconsin|Union Grove J1 School District]]
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*[[Portal:School Boards and School Board Elections|School board elections portal]]
*[[Union Grove UHS School District, Wisconsin|Union Grove UHS School District]]
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*[[United States school districts]]
*[[Unity School District, Wisconsin|Unity School District]]
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*[[List of school districts in Wisconsin]]
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*[[Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction]]
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*[[Public education in Wisconsin]]
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*[[Valders Area School District, Wisconsin|Valders Area School District]]
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*[[Veritas High School, Wisconsin|Veritas High School]]
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* [http://www.sos.state.wi.us/ Wisconsin Secretary of State]
*[[Verona Area School District, Wisconsin|Verona Area School District]]
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* [http://dpi.wi.gov/ Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction]
*[[Viroqua Area School District, Wisconsin|Viroqua Area School District]]
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* [http://www.wasb.org/websites/wasbmain/index.php?p=5 Wisconsin Association of School Boards]
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* [http://www.weac.org/Home.aspx Wisconsin Education Association Council]
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* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/districtsearch/ National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool]
  
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*[[Wabeno Area School District, Wisconsin|Wabeno School District]]
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*[[Walworth J1 School District, Wisconsin|Walworth J1 School District]]
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*[[Washburn School District, Wisconsin|Washburn School District]]
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*[[Washington School District, Wisconsin|Washington School District]]
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*[[Washington-Caldwell School District, Wisconsin|Washington-Caldwell School District]]
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*[[Waterford Graded J1 School District, Wisconsin|Waterford Graded J1 School District]]
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*[[Waterford UHS School District, Wisconsin|Waterford UHS School District]]
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*[[Waterloo School District, Wisconsin|Waterloo School District]]
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*[[Watertown School District, Wisconsin|Watertown School District]]
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*[[Waukesha School District, Wisconsin|Waukesha School District]]
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*[[Waunakee Community School District, Wisconsin|Waunakee Community School District]]
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*[[Waupaca School District, Wisconsin|Waupaca School District]]
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*[[Waupun School District, Wisconsin|Waupun School District]]
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*[[Wausau School District, Wisconsin|Wausau School District]]
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*[[Wausaukee School District, Wisconsin|Wausaukee School District]]
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*[[Wautoma Area School District, Wisconsin|Wautoma School District]]
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*[[Wauwatosa School District, Wisconsin|Wauwatosa School District]]
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*[[Wauzeka-Steuben School District, Wisconsin|Wauzeka-Steuben School District]]
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*[[Webster School District, Wisconsin|Webster School District]]
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*[[West Allis School District, Wisconsin|West Allis School District]]
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*[[West Bend School District, Wisconsin|West Bend School District]]
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*[[West De Pere School District, Wisconsin|West De Pere School District]]
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*[[West Salem School District, Wisconsin|West Salem School District]]
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*[[Westby Area School District, Wisconsin|Westby School District]]
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*[[Westfield School District, Wisconsin|Westfield School District]]
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*[[Weston School District, Wisconsin|Weston School District]]
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*[[Weyauwega-Fremont School District, Wisconsin|Weyauwega-Fremont School District]]
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*[[Wheatland J1 School District, Wisconsin|Wheatland J1 School District]]
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*[[White Lake School District, Wisconsin|White Lake School District]]
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*[[Whitefish Bay School District, Wisconsin|Whitefish School District]]
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*[[Whitehall School District, Wisconsin|Whitehall School District]]
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*[[Whitewater School District, Wisconsin|Whitewater School District]]
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*[[Whitnall School District, Wisconsin|Whitnall School District]]
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*[[Wild Rose School District, Wisconsin|Wild Rose School District]]
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*[[Williams Bay School District, Wisconsin|Williams Bay School District]]
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*[[Wilmot UHS School District, Wisconsin|Wilmot UHS School District]]
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*[[Winneconne Community School District, Wisconsin|Winneconne Community School District]]
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*[[Winter School District, Wisconsin|Winter School District]]
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*[[Wisconsin Dells School District, Wisconsin|Wisconsin Dells School District]]
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*[[Wisconsin Heights School District, Wisconsin|Wisconsin Heights School District]]
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*[[Wisconsin Rapids School District, Wisconsin|Wisconsin Rapids School District]]
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*[[Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District, Wisconsin|Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District]]
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*[[Wonewoc-Union Center School District, Wisconsin|Wonewoc-Union Center School District]]
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*[[Woodruff J1 School District, Wisconsin|Woodruff J1 School District]]
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*[[Wrightstown Community School District, Wisconsin|Wrightstown School District]]
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*[[YMCA Young Leaders Academy, Wisconsin|YMCA Young Leaders Academy]]
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Latest revision as of 11:02, 29 July 2014

K-12 Education in Wisconsin
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Tony Evers
Number of students: 871,105[1]
Number of teachers: 56,245
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:15.5
Number of school districts: 462
Number of schools: 2,243
Graduation rate: 88%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $11,774[3]
See also
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Wisconsin school districts
List of school districts in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
School boards portal
Policypedia
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Education policy project
Public education in the United States
Public education in Wisconsin
Glossary of education terms

Wisconsin is home to 462 school districts, 2,243 schools and 871,105 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Evers[5]
  • Deputy State Superintendent: Michael Thompson
  • Assistant State Superintendent, Academic Excellence: Sheila Briggs
  • Assistant State Superintendent, Finance and Management: Brian Pahnke
  • Assistant State Superintendent, Learning Support: Carolyn Stanford Taylor
  • Assistant State Superintendent, Libraries and Technology: Kurt Kiefer
  • Assistant State Superintendent, Student and School Success: Lynette Russell
  • Chief of Staff: Jessica Justman
  • Chief Legal Counsel: Janet Jenkins
  • Communications Director: John Johnson
  • Senior Policy Adviser: Jeff Pertl

Statistics

The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment and overall accountability score on the state's annual report card for the 2012-2013 school year.[6][7]

Enrollment, 2011-2012 Overall accountability score, 2012-2013
1.) Milwaukee Public Schools 1.) Norway J7 School District
2.) Madison Metropolitan School District 2.) Mequon-Thiensville School District
3.) Kenosha Unified School District 3.) Swallow School District
4.) Racine Unified School District 4.) North Lake School District
5.) Green Bay Area Public School District 5.) Fox Point J2 School District
6.) Appleton Area School District 6.) Merton Community School District
7.) Waukesha School District 7.) Richmond School District
8.) Eau Claire Area School District 8.) Richfield J1 School District
9.) Janesville School District 9.) Hamilton School District
10.) Sheboygan Area School District 10.) Cedarburg School District

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Wisconsin as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[8]

Demographic Information for Wisconsin's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 11,277 1.29% 1.10%
Asian 30,742 3.53% 4.68%
African American 85,495 9.81% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 665 0.08% 0.42%
Hispanic 84,561 9.71% 24.37%
White 642,176 73.72% 51.21%
Two or More 16,189 1.86% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

Districts opt out of federal nutrition program

Several Wisconsin districts opted out of the National School Lunch Program in spring 2014 due to disagreements over changes in school nutrition guidelines. The program, run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently adopted new guidelines for school lunches that reduce salt, fat and sugar content. These guidelines were created by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and supported by first lady Michelle Obama, who has advocated for improved nutritional programs. The federal lunch program requires adherence to nutritional guidelines to receive financial assistance.[9]

District administrators in Muskego-Norway School District and Waterford Graded School District withdrew from the National School Lunch Program as a reaction to the new guidelines. A district working outside of the program must pay for free or reduced-fee lunches, but superintendents in the withdrawn districts believe they will be in better financial positions. Waterford Grade Superintendent Christopher Joch argued that the costs associated with free lunches will be recovered by raising lunch prices by a dime and eliminating wasted food that meets stricter nutritional standards. Muskego-Norway school board member Rick Petfalski also suggested that districts want greater local control over nutritional programs.[9]

Lawsuit over teachers' contract in Kenosha

In November 2013, the Kenosha Board of Education agreed to a new contract with the Kenosha Education Association (KEA) by a 4-3 vote. This agreement with the teachers' union drew attention because collective bargaining over public employee salaries is limited by state law under Act 10. This 2011 law also prohibits employers from withdrawing involuntary contributions to public employee unions from wages. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), a conservative legal aid organization, and Kristi Lacroix attempted to block the contract in court after the board vote. The WILL argued that the contract exceeded salary increase limits in Act 10. District officials countered that teachers were given one-time bonuses rather than salary increases under the agreement.[10]

A 4-3 vote by the board during a June 5, 2014 meeting settled the lawsuit with WILL by paying $10,500 in legal fees. This settlement also nullified the 2013 agreement with the KEA.[11]

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction adopted these standards on June 2, 2010. The standards will be fully implemented during the 2014-2015 school year.[12]

School board composition

Wisconsin school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. Wisconsin school board elections typically follow one of these two methods, or a mixture thereof:[13]

  • At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
  • Trustee area: Only voters residing in a specific geographic area within the school district may vote on certain candidates, who must also reside in that specific geographic area.

School boards consists of three, five, seven or nine members. Board members serve terms of three or four years.[13]

District types

Wisconsin contains multiple types of school districts described below:[13]

  • Common school district: A district operating schools in a city with less than 150,000 residents. Common school districts are required by state law to host an annual board meeting on the fourth Monday in July.
  • First-class city district: A district operating schools in a city with 150,000 or more residents. As of July 2014, Milwaukee is the only first-class city in Wisconsin.[14]
  • Joint school district: A district serving K-12 students from two or more municipalities.
  • Unified school district: A district operating schools in a city or group of cities with less than 150,000 residents. Unlike common school districts, unified school districts are not required to host annual board meetings.
  • Union high school district: A district serving high school students from two or more municipalities. Union high school districts are required by state law to host an annual board meeting on the third Monday in July.

Term limits

Wisconsin does not impose statewide term limits on school board members. However, terms limits on school board members can still be imposed on the local level.[13]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Wisconsin school board elections, 2014

A total of 11 Wisconsin school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 30 seats. Each district held elections on April 1, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Wisconsin's school board elections in 2014:

The districts listed below served 169,027 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[15] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Wisconsin School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Appleton Area School District 4/1/2014 3 7 15,194
Eau Claire Area School District 4/1/2014 2 7 10,914
Green Bay Area Public School District 4/1/2014 2 7 20,376
Janesville School District 4/1/2014 3 9 10,339
Kenosha Unified School District 4/1/2014 2 7 22,986
Madison Metropolitan School District 4/1/2014 2 7 24,806
Oshkosh Area School District 4/1/2014 3 7 10,111
Racine Unified School District 4/1/2014 4 9 21,100
Sheboygan Area School District 4/1/2014 3 9 10,124
Waukesha School District 4/1/2014 3 9 13,796
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District 4/1/2014 3 9 9,281


Path to the ballot

To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Wisconsin, a person must be:[16]

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A resident of the district for at least 10 days before the election

Each candidate submits a Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidate to the school district clerk. State law also requires a minimum number of signatures from district residents to qualify candidates for the ballot. The signature threshold is divided into three categories:[16]

  • First-class cities: 400-800 valid signatures
  • Second-class cities: 100-200 valid signatures
  • Other cities with no overlap with first-class or second-class cities: 20-100 valid signatures

Campaign finance

State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year. Campaign finance reports and exemption claims are submitted to the school district clerk.[17]

See also

External links

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References

  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 8, 2013
  5. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "State Superintendent's Cabinet," accessed June 13, 2014
  6. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 11, 2014
  7. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed July 11, 2014
  8. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Some districts balk at latest serving of school lunch rules," July 1, 2014
  10. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kenosha schools, teachers union at odds over deducting union dues," February 11, 2014
  11. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kenosha School Board settles lawsuit over Act 10 dispute," June 6, 2014
  12. Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed July 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Wisconsin State Legislature, "Chapter 120: School District Government," July 1, 2014
  14. Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, "Counties, Cities, Villages, Towns: Forms of Local Government and Their Functions," accessed July 10, 2014
  15. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist," accessed January 24, 2014
  17. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010