DPI: Over half of districts to receive more general aid than last year

As required by state statute, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has certified the general state aid amount each public school district will receive for the 2018-19 school year.  These amounts are funded from the state’s $4.656 billion general state aid appropriation, which is $72.75 million (1.6 percent) larger than last year’s allocation.

Because of the overall increase in the general aid distribution this year, roughly 55 percent of the state’s public school districts (230 of 422) will receive more general state aid this school year than they did in 2017‑18.

(Note: The Friess Lake and Richfield J1 school districts consolidated on July 1 of this year but are treated as separate districts for calculating general aid payments because those calculations are based on prior-year (i.e., 2017-18) figures for district membership, property value, and shared cost (i.e., district expenditures eligible to be aided).)

General aid is made up of equalization aid, integration aid (a/k/a Chapter 220 aid), and special adjustment aid (a/k/a hold harmless aid).

Fifty-three districts fall under the general aid formula’s hold harmless provision, meaning the reduction in their general aid–generally due to these districts having much higher than average per pupil property wealth–is generally limited to 15 percent of the prior year’s amount.

General aid amounts for each public school district can be found here, arranged both in alphabetical order and by percentage change.

A detailed memo from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) describing the aid categories of school districts under the general equalization aid formula based on last year’s (2017-18) aids can be found here.

Editor’s NoteGeneral aid totals do not include per pupil categorical aid amounts, which are based on a three-year average of membership. That aid is $654 per pupil for the 2018-19 school year and will be paid in March 2019.