Gov. Walker Talks More About School Funding Increase in Next Budget; Questions Drug Testing Students

scottwalkerGovernor Scott Walker recently sat down for end of the year interviews with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, and the Associated Press.

On the school funding issue he again pledged additional state aid to schools in his 2017-19 state budget proposal which will be released in February.

According to the State Journal’s Matt DeFour: “He ( Gov. Walker) said he will increase the state-imposed limits on school district spending and then provide enough additional state aid to cover those increases, in order to keep property taxes lower than they were in 2010. He didn’t specify how much the increase would be, but said it would be lower than the $200 per pupil requested by the Department of Public Instruction.”

Gov. Walker also told the Associated Press public schools would see a “sizable increase” in state aid, and that he is specifically targeting rural schools for more money.

On the subject of requiring random drug testing in all Wisconsin schools for students involved in extracurricular activities and parking vehicles on school property the Governor echoed Assembly Speaker Vos in not showing much enthusiasm for the idea.

According to Jason Stein of the Journal-Sentinel: “Walker didn’t totally rule out the student drug testing proposal floated last week by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) but said he hadn’t heard the concept being brought up elsewhere.

“‘It doesn’t mean we’re discouraging new ideas, but I just think our focus needs to be on ideas that seem to have the greatest promise, and not having heard that anywhere else, I’m going to spend our time and our focus on things that seem to have the most universal attention,’ Walker told the Journal Sentinel.

“But elected leaders have been lukewarm at best to the idea, even those such as Attorney General Brad Schimel who are aggressive about fighting heroin and opioids. Vos also panned the idea this week, saying, ‘I haven’t seen a groundswell of support for it.'”

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