As required by law, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) today released July 1 estimates of general aid to be received by school districts in 2017-18. These estimates are subject to change but can be instructive for budget and planning purposes. Official general aid amounts are certified on October 15.
From the Department of Public Instruction (DPI):
“A little over half of Wisconsin public school districts will receive less general aid in the 2017-18 school year than they did for the 2016-17 school year according to estimates released today by the Department of Public Instruction.
“Although the 2017-19 state budget has not been finalized, the current budget proposal maintains the same level of general school aid ($4.584 billion in 2017-18) as was appropriated in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Of the state’s 422 school districts, 55 percent (231) are estimated to receive less general aid in 2017-18, while 44 percent of districts (187) are expected to receive more aid. The estimate shows four districts will have no change in the aid between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal years. With school aid being held at the same level as the prior year, other factors that comprise the general equalization aid formula — property valuation, enrollment, and shared costs — impact whether general aid for a district increases or decreases. District aid estimates can be found on the department’s School Financial Services website both alphabetically and by percent change.”
See the full release: July 1 general aid estimate released