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State Ballot Measures Focus on School Funding, Social Issues

School taxes, school choice, Ten Commandments displays in schools and education governance questions are all hot topics in education that voters will weigh in on at the ballot box in November.

A big chunk of the referendums center on school funding — an issue so contentious that teachers in several states last spring walked off the job. In at least 11 states, voters will decide on measures that would either boost school spending or provide officials with more flexibility to spend funds. That’s the case in Oklahoma and Colorado, which were two states awash with teacher unrest earlier this year.

Separately, voters in Arizona will decide whether they want to keep a law that expands a program that provide public funds for private school tuition. In Alabama, the question is whether the Ten Commandments should be displayed on schoolhouse walls.