About half of Wisconsin public school districts will receive more general aid in the 2018‑19 school year than they did for the 2017‑18 school year based on estimates released today by the Department of Public Instruction.
Available general aid totals $4.656 billion, which is a $72.75 million (1.6 percent) increase in general aid compared to last year. Due to changes in aid deductions from Milwaukee Public Schools for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the actual increase in general aid will be $74.8 million. Of the state’s 422 school districts, 56 percent (235) are estimated to receive more general aid in 2018-19, while 43 percent of districts (183) are expected to receive less aid. The estimate shows four districts will have no change in the aid between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years. Though their aid is estimated separately, effective July 1, the Friess Lake and Richfield J1 school districts will consolidate as the Holy Hill Area School District, bringing the number of school districts in the state to 421.