DPI expected to submit budget request on Sept. 17

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is expected to formally submit its 2019-21 state budget request on Monday (Sept. 17).

At the heart of the proposal is likely to be a revised version of the “Fair Funding for Our Future” plan State Supt. Tony Evers has proposed in previous budget requests.  In addition, the request is likely to call for a massive increase in state special education categorical aid as well as increases in state funding for school-based mental health services and additional relief for low revenue districts.

The DPI has previewed several of the major components of its expected ask on its 2019-21 state budget webpage.

In recent news releases, the DPI has disclosed it also plans to request, among other items, adding a second tier of sparsity aid payments to sparsely populated rural districts with enrollments up to 1,000 students and state funds to supplement federal funding for 21st Century community learning centers to help schools provide before- and after-school programming.

Unlike previous DPI budget requests, which were submitted in November, after general aid payments to school districts had been certified, the current request will be based on 2017-18 aid information.