Additional details on DPI’s budget request emerging

Recently released details indicate the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI’s) budget request for the 2019-21 biennium will include a proposal to increase the reimbursement rate for Bilingual-Bicultural Aid from 8 percent to 30 percent by 2021. The proposal also creates a new program to better serve all English learners, including those in schools not required to be offer Bilingual-Bicultural programming.

The DPI’s 20189-21 budget request will also call for full funding of the School Breakfast Program and Wisconsin’s School Day Milk Program. The department is also proposing a revenue limit exemption for schools to identify and fix lead contamination issues within their buildings.

In addition, the DPI’s budget request will call for a doubling of funding for school robotics leagues and increase support for gifted and talented programming. Districts will be allowed more flexibility with gifted and talented funds alongside program changes to reach underserved populations.