The final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding was released Jan. 7 by co-chairs Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).
The report was compiled by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau staff and contains the Commission’s recommendations for school funding reforms in 13 different areas.
Those topic areas range from adjusting revenue limits for inflation and how to calculate revenue limits for districts with declining enrollment to increasing state aid to local school districts to help cover the costs of services provided to special education students, English language learners, and students in need of mental health services, to modifications to sparsity aid, high cost transportation aid and the timing of the distribution of school aids.
The 16-member panel, comprised of 9 legislators and 7 individuals who hold leadership positions in the field of education in Wisconsin, held eight public hearings around the state to receive testimony from the public and two informational hearings in Madison to receive testimony, discuss various proposals and make recommendations.
If you are attending the State Education Convention, be sure to mark your calendars for a panel discussion on the Commission’s work and recommendations on Friday, January 25 from 9:15- 10:15 in Room 102 AB of the Wisconsin Center. (See also previous post.)