With school budgets stretched tighter these days than bicycle shorts on a rhinoceros, local tax referenda and bond issues are becoming increasingly pivotal ways for educators to raise money for ed-tech programs and other key initiatives.

Tax elections to benefit local schools and colleges are often viewed as "low-interest" elections. These elections don't make the national news, and the results from school bond elections or local tax measures aren't usually reported on the front page of newspapers or on the evening TV news. But whether or not citizens vote to approve these measures more directly


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