As required by state law, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.584 billion available under current law for general state aid. The certified aid shows that 60% of the state’s public school districts (255 of 424*) will receive more general state aid this school year than they did in 2015-16.
General state aid for school districts was up $108.1 million from last year. However, according to DPI’s press release, the actual amount of general aid that the state’s public school districts receive is reduced for a number of factors:
- Nearly all districts share an aid reduction of $62.2 million for the 22 independent charter schools in Milwaukee, Racine, and Waukesha.
- Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) will have its aid reduced by $52.1 million to pay for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP).
- Students in the Racine and statewide voucher programs are now counted in membership of their resident school district. Most of the payments to those private schools for their choice students will be deducted from the general aid for Racine and the other 182 districts with students in the statewide private school voucher program. The payments are $7,323 per full-time student in kindergarten through grade eight and $7,969 per student in grade nine through 12 for students who participated in those choice programs for the first time in the 2015-16 school year.
*-Although Wisconsin now has 422 public school districts following the consolidation of the Herman, Neosho, and Rubicon school districts as one district on July 1, for aid purposes those three districts are considered separately because aid is computed on 2015-16 audited school district data.