When the School Board toyed with the question in January, Cole told board members that balancing the budget by cutting neighborhood schools would be a mistake. And she sided with neighborhood school advocates who proposed holding a referendum to raise the funds needed to keep the schools open and operating as they traditionally have. The Capital Times
Isthmus, Diamond Dave, and others have put forward the argument that Cole won because Passman was too tied to MTI. Nichols takes another approach, he argues Cole won because she was pro-referendum while Passman put focus on state funding.
So maybe rather than pushing the status quo vs Anti-MTI narrative we should acknowledge the divisions are a little more complicated. Maybe we could talk about pro and anti referendum coalitions on the board. If that’s the case we’d have to categorize Carstensen and Cole as pro-referendum, and Winston and Passman as anti-referendum.