John Ashley Statement on Joint Finance Committee K-12 Package

The WASB thanks the Joint Finance Committee for voting to approve significant investments in public schools, including fully funding Governor Walker’s proposal to increase per-pupil aid.  We strongly support removing the “strings” of the healthcare cost shift mandate to allow school districts to receive the proposed increases in per-pupil aid and are pleased JFC members made this change.  We also want to thank the committee members for allowing historically low-spending districts to catch up with their peers by including a long overdue adjustment to the low-revenue ceiling.

The WASB also appreciates that JFC members support providing schools with the resources to address the mental health needs of their students.  These items were important priorities on our legislative agenda.

There are items in this package that our members have concerns with and we hope to work with lawmakers as the budget moves through the Assembly and Senate to improve the overall K-12 package.