In a letter to Gov. Evers sent this morning, the WASB asked the governor to use his partial veto authority to increase per pupil categorical aid payments to school districts by $25 per pupil in the 2019-20 school year.
Under the change requested by the WASB, per pupil aid categorical payments to public school districts would equal $704 per pupil in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.
The version of the budget bill approved by the Legislature calls for increasing per pupil categorical aid payments by $25 each year so those payments would equal $679 per pupil in 2019-20 and $704 per pupil in 2020-21. The change suggested by the WASB would result in getting school districts to the $704 per pupil payment level a year sooner by bumping up per pupil aid by $50 per pupil in 2019-20. Payments would remain at that $704 per pupil level in 2020-21 and school years thereafter, the same as under the version passed by the Legislature.
The letter also encourages Gov. Evers to use his partial veto authority to reduce the amount of federal e-rate funding that the budget would transfer (or reallocate) for use in broadband expansion. Federal e-rate funding is used to finance the Technology for Educational Achievement (or TEACH) program, which helps to provide telecommunications access, such as data lines, to eligible schools and libraries. In the recent past, the TEACH Program has provided both technology infrastructure grants and technology training to school districts, although technology training grants would be eliminated under the budget as proposed by the governor and passed by the Legislature.